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Interactive technology facilitates modes of processing, sharing of and interacting with information which until recently were unachievable. Discussed in this issue of CDTL Brief on Interactive Technology in Education are ways that interactive technologies can be used as powerful tools and environments for students to relate classroom theory to industry practices, develop higher order thinking skills and train health care providers.

 
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May 2004, Vol. 7, No. 5 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Helping Students Relate Classroom Theory to Practice in Industry: Design Considerations for Web-based Simulations
Dr Srinivasan Rajagopalan J. A. Gilles Doiron Melvyn Song
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning Centre for Instructional Technology
While many engineering undergraduate courses are structured to introduce the theory related to various processes, students with no industrial experience have little sense of how this theory relates to real-life operations in the field. To address this concern, we set out to create a learning activity dedicated to help students relate theoretical concepts of process dynamics and control presented in class to their practical application in industry. Continue reading


Design and Evaluation of a Chemistry Computer Software for NUS Students
Nah Wee Kiak, Daniel & Dr Alan K Szeto
Department of Chemistry
Subject matter learning at the university level is not all about memorising isolated facts but understanding concepts and drawing connections between them. To facilitate university students’ learning, more authentic problems which provoke the use of so-called higher-order cognitive skills (HOCS) (Roth, 1995) should be assigned instead of structured exercises. Continue reading


Interactive 3D Computer Technology in Orthodontic Education
Associate Professor Kelvin Foong &
Associate Professor Keng Siong Beng &
Tok Wee Wah
Faculty of Dentistry
Computer technology may be harnessed to facilitate learning. In the area of biomedical health education, computer technology is especially useful in the training of health care providers who deal on a daily basis, with people who are diseased or deformed through birth and accidents. Continue reading