Online learning and fun with databases

Petra Leimich, Leslie D. Ball

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In this paper, we explore how online learning can support face-to-face teaching in fundamental database theory and the contributions it can make towards motivating and enhancing the student learning experience. We show how we have used WebCT for a third level database module and present student feedback to our approach. While online participation is high overall, motivation for self-learning is increased by the use of self-assessment exercises and summative assessment was also considered to be more fun online than using paper based equivalents. Evidence exists to link greater online participation of course materials to improved performance. We complement our feedback by presenting and discussing a number of software tools which help students practice important methods in database systems, including SQL. After evaluating these against known methods for improving student motivation, we suggest ideas for further development of more game-like learning tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLTSN-ICS Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases (TLAD 03)
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings, Coventry, July 14 2003
Place of PublicationNewtownabbey
PublisherThe Higher Education Academy
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventTeaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases - Technocentre, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 2003 → …


WorkshopTeaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
Abbreviated titleTLAD
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period14/07/03 → …


  • Database learning
  • Interactive tools
  • Motivation


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