In recent years, computer aided design (CAD) software packages have been widely used in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). Recently, most instructional material for CAD learners has shifted from a printed text and illustrations to a multimedia format. However, up to now this field of study has been characterised by trial and error in the design and development of instructional material for CAD learners and there has been little effort to guide research and practice in this field. The extensive use of CAD by design students has therefore created an urgent need to develop a conceptual model which can provide an informed basis for the testing of prevailing assumptions and the development of an accepted theory in the design and development of instructional material. This research proposes such a model, identifying and relating the significant variables that impact upon the application of multimedia to improve the performance (cognitive and affective-motivational functions) of design students.
|Keywords:||CAD, Conceptual Model, Design Students, Multimedia Characteristics, Learner’s Characteristics|
PhD Student, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Professor of ICT, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
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