ESHE 2010 Abstracts


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Paper Nr: 5
Title:

IMPROVING SPELLING SKILLS FOR BLIND LANGUAGE LEARNERS - Orthographic Feedback in an Auditory Vocabulary Trainer

Authors:

Verena Stein, Robert Neßelrath and Jan Alexandersson

Abstract: This paper describes the design and the design process of orthographic feedback in a computer-assisted vocabulary learning (CAVL) application that is targeted at blind language learners. It discusses current research findings of vocabulary and spelling acquisition, as well as special needs of blind computer users. CAVL applications often assume the user’s sightedness. While it is possible for blind users to access software via screen reader or Braille line, it is argued that orthographic feedback does not translate one-to-one from visual-toauditory (or tactile). To overcome this short-coming and thus ensure high usability for blind users, the feedback may be designed differently to be delivered via the auditory channel. Following a user-centered design approach, the orthographic feedback in an auditory vocabulary trainer is constructed and evaluated iteratively with users. The preliminary architecture that evolved out of these pre-studies is reported and discussed. In conclusion, an outlook is given as to how the final architecture will be implemented and evaluated.

Paper Nr: 8
Title:

GET TOGETHER - A Case of ERP Implementation and its Transfer to Class

Authors:

Johan Magnusson, Håkan Enquist, Anders Gidlund and Bo Oskarsson

Abstract: Regardless of how well designed and functioning the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is, the dimensioning factor for ERP utilization will be the users themselves. In this paper, we report from a case study of a medium-sized manufacturing company that took an alternative approach to their ERP procurement and implementation. Through involving multiple process owners in a series of workshops with the scope of specifying the as-is and to-be process of the business, the company focused on getting the users involved from the start. A selection of the findings in this case has been used as inspiration for a course-module for teaching ERP, and this paper reports from the case and the transfer of experience into class.

Paper Nr: 9
Title:

OVERCOMING ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS EDUCATION DEFICIENCY - A Simulated Laboratory Pedagogic Approach

Authors:

A. D. Jaffar, P. R. J. Campbell and F. Ahmed

Abstract: Despite various initiatives concerning undergraduate industrial internship, students from the Enterprise (Information) Systems and E-Commerce tracks (Programs) within the College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University lack sufficient exposure and knowledge of the basic operations within a typical business enterprise. By and large, their internship programs lack focused activities due to student insufficient knowledge of enterprise organizational operations. Case studies supporting theoretical foundation within most enterprise systems or information systems related courses, lack realistic student learning experiences and therefore fail to impact in-depth concept articulation. While students are aware of advancement in technology, their appreciation on its extensive application and capabilities leading to effective organizational competitive advantage is superficial. Rather than mere concept appreciation in lectures, supported by Microsoft Dynamics Navison business enterprise systems application, students’ practical laboratory simulation of typical enterprise operations provided the much-needed realism in experiencing real-life enterprise operations. Students’ problem-based active learning experience on core enterprise operations typified in small-medium size Electronic-Enterprises were initially incorporated within selected basic courses. Positive student feedbacks on its impact to their learning outcomes encourage further extension of such initiative to other courses within the program track. An accompanying SWOT analysis on this approach indicated that the beneficial opportunities outweigh the potential threat of not implementing this initiative. This paper presents the research approach for identifying the problem in students learning, soliciting its research hypothesis and the eventual proposed Enterprise Systems Laboratory Framework in overcoming the identified research problem. It also discussed an overall future program plan as an extension to the proposed framework. This includes active industrial partnership beyond regular student internship to enhance further students learning experience as well as preparing them for potential employment.

Paper Nr: 10
Title:

LEARNER-ORIENTED APPROACH FOR ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS IN HIGHER EDUCATION USING TEL-BASED CONCEPTS - Research Positioning Paper

Authors:

Dirk Peters, Liane Haak and Jorge Marx Gómez

Abstract: Higher education institutes like universities or universities of applied science can not ignore the need to teach well know application and information systems, like Enterprise Systems, e.g. ERP-Systems. Case studies are the most chosen way to introduce stepwise the handling of these systems to fulfil the needs of the international employment market and to provide a practical focus within the education. Effective teaching concepts have to improve this situation by considering the pedagogical and didactical aspects, which supports the individual learning process of each student. Our research idea in this contribution considers actual needs of higher education, e.g. present learning in a lab as well as e-learning courses supported by new methods in Technology Enhanced Learning by recording student’s behaviour to guide him through the system. Therefore we introduce an adaptive learning model which considers tracking and analyzing results deduced with methods of Application Usage Mining and built up a new idea to improve the learning progress. Within this adaptive learning model we propose an adaptive learning environment to bring learners and supervisors together to achieve positive influences on learner’s behaviour and the learning progress.