Using animated graphics as a teaching tool in patternmaking: a comparison of delivery methods
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This study concerns itself with evaluating the effectiveness of teaching a visual topic, such as patternmaking, via a computer. The visual topic being explored, patternmaking, was taught to three levels of undergraduate students at different universities in the Midwest. This paper discusses the outcomes of patternmaking being taught in a traditional lecture style and compares it to the same instruction received through a computer-based animation program. It was found that the most difference in learning outcomes was within the subject groups in the lowest educational level. There was no difference found in the outcomes between the two higher educational level groups. Attributes of the subject groups which may account for the success of this style of learning include prior experience in sewing complete garments and overall GPA. Additional research and improvements to the animation is discussed. Suggestions are made on how to utilize web-based learning in the design curriculum.
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