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Technology Acceptance Theory
Computer Engineering Courses
Social Media
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Zhang, Jiajia
Supervisor and department
Dick, Scott (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Durdle, Nelson (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Dick, Scott (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Boulanger,Pierre (Computing Science)
Joseph,Dil (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Durdle, Nelson (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Software Engineering & Intelligent Systems
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Master of Science
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The University of Alberta ECE department offers a computer security course CMPE 420, and a capstone design course CMPE 440 for 4th year Computer Engineering students. In 2009, we deployed educational technologies to enhance the learning experience in both courses. In CMPE 420, a class blog is used to introduce a critical perspective on the security of built systems. In CMPE 440, Wikis and Tablet PCs help streamline the design and construction of the capstone projects. Our goal in this thesis is to evaluate these interventions through in-class surveys. For CMPE 420, we have developed an instrument to identify differences in experience among students and determine the blog’s impact on student learning. In CMPE 440 we employ an instrument based on Technology Acceptance Theory. The results indicate that our interventions are successful with the course blog and the Wikis, but TPCs are not really successful.
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