Identifying students’ difficulties when learning technical skills via a wireless sensor network

Jingying Wang, Ming Lee Wen, Min Jou

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Practical training and actual application of acquired knowledge and techniques are crucial for the learning of technical skills. We established a wireless sensor network system (WSNS) based on the 5E learning cycle in a practical learning environment to improve students’ reflective abilities and to reduce difficulties for the learning of technical skills. Student learning was investigated using a Technical Expertise Assessment Form and Reflective Abilities Investigation Tool that we had developed. Results of the forms showed that the 5E learning cycle-based WSNS helped improve students’ reflection and the ease in acquiring technical skills. Students’ reflection was also shown to be significantly correlated with the learning of technical skills. We concluded that reflection provided by the sensory functions of the WSNS was able to reduce students’ difficulties when learning technical skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-408
Number of pages13
JournalInteractive Learning Environments
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 2



  • learning difficulty
  • technical skills
  • wireless sensor network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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