How can we use computers to enhance learning?
A report from an applied, computer-supported course for environmental engineers
Lena Zetterqvist and Linda Werner
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Lund Institute of Technology,
How do we, in a basic statistics course, create a learning environment where
the computer is a natural tool? Among aspects to be considered are the students'
feeling of ownership and how to integrate the computer in the course
The design of the exercises is of great importance and three types are
identified. They range from designed computer simulation exercises to analysis
of data sets with open ended questions. Data related simulations, which are
somewhere in between, have a firm base in a specific applied problem but
train the students to use simulations as a tool to investigate different
A computer-supported basic statistics course for environmental engineers
with a focus on applications will serve as a course example. For this course
we discuss students' outcome, considering both students' attitudes and learning
outcome, using the SOLO-taxonomy.