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IJIET 2017 Vol.7(5): 361-366 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.5.895

A Study of the Impact of Collaborative Problem-Solving Strategies on Students’ Performance of Simulation-Based Learning — A Case of Network Basic Concepts Course

Hsin-Ke Lu and Peng-Chun Lin

Abstract—The continued development of the Internet has caused the concepts of network infrastructure and simple network troubleshooting to become important teaching objectives of certain college curricula. However, the abstract nature of network concepts and the high cost of equipment for network-related practice have become educational challenges for teachers in the relevant fields. Therefore, simulation learning and simulation learning software have become major instructional tools to assist teachers. Unfortunately, most simulation learning software is individually manipulated, which may cause feelings of isolation among students during the course of learning. Therefore, in this study, a quasi-experimental approach was utilized to investigate how teaching strategies for simulation learning and for integrating simulation learning with collaborative problem solving (CPS) impacted learning outcomes. Assessments by one-way analysis of covariance revealed that the post-test scores were significantly better in the experimental group than in the control group, suggesting that the integrated educational activities were beneficial to students' learning. The results of this study can serve as a reference for teachers in relevant fields with respect to designing educational activities that can help students learn more effectively and improve students’ teamwork abilities.

Index Terms—Simulation-based learning, CPS, collaborative problem solving, information and computer education, packet tracer.

The authors are with the Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan (e-mail: sklu@sce.pccu.edu.tw, sklu@sce.pccu.edu.tw).

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Cite: Hsin-Ke Lu and Peng-Chun Lin, "A Study of the Impact of Collaborative Problem-Solving Strategies on Students’ Performance of Simulation-Based Learning — A Case of Network Basic Concepts Course," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 361-366, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2021: 1.3), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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