JOURNAL OF SOFTWARE (JSW)
ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 2    Issue : 4    Date : October 2007

A Framework for Design Engineering Education with Workflow-based e-Learning System
Kazuo Hiekata, Hiroyuki Yamato, Piroon Rojanakamolsan, and Wataru Oishi
Page(s): 88-95
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Abstract
Education of design engineering has started to change in response to the advancement of computer
technology. This paper proposes a new design engineering educational framework using an e -
learning system called ShareFast, a Semantic Web-based software for document management
system with workflow. The software offers a function to keep tracks of learner’s behavior so that the
instructor can analyze it to improve learning materials and class efficiency. It can also record learner’
s input and output history data for the instructor to conduct performance analysis activities. This
educational framework has been used for empirical studies with university students. The results
showed that the framework could help the instructor to understand the student’s problems during
the class, and it can shorten the students’ learning duration by means of learning materials
improvement.

Index Terms
e-learning, design engineering, Semantic Web, workflow, document management system