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60 Years Of Distance Education Experience

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Distance & Service Learning, K-12, Web & Work-Based Projects

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10.9.1 - 10.9.7



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Melany Ciampi

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Claudio Brito

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Session XX60

60 Years of Distance Education Experience

Claudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. Ciampi COPEC – Council of Researches in Education and Sciences


COPEC – Council of Researches in Education and Sciences has conceived and developed the Telecommunication Engineering Program, which contains in its curriculum the so called "Opportunity” - a time that student can spend having classes of other courses in other programs. Added to that they also have the choice of taking classes at distance of engineering courses others than the ones that are part of the program. The goal of this new kind of engineering education is to increase the students’ perception of human dimension and how much it implies in the search for answers to the several problems of engineering to the service of human kind aiming at a better future. With the advance of science and technology and the Internet have increased this kind of education all over the world, becoming now a powerful tool to provide education with efficiency and quality. “Opportunity” project aims to form a new kind of engineer prepared to work in the new world order of 21st Century. Because of in education field the tendency is “life long education” to the new professional practice distance learning plays an important role for those who have to work and to study constantly. Another relevant aspect is the need of the engineering school to make the program more suitable to the new kind of student connected to the world by Internet and eager for information. It is certainly a way to get knowledge in the comfort of home or the nice environment of school library. It also helps to offer to the students’ new kind of extracurricular courses which content is more interesting for this or that student. Initiatives like this have helped to overcome the prejudice about distance learning in the Country.

1. Introduction

The main goal of this paper is to show a project that has been conceived and applied in a School of Engineering in Brazil. It is a distance learning program that comes as a new tool and very powerful one that is capable to bring education in a fast and modern way.

Although it is not new in Brazil, distance learning has been passing through a complete redesigning to overcome the prejudice that because of a historical process is still around. COPEC – Council of Researches in Education and Sciences has come up with a smooth process of introducing distance learning in an Engineering Program. The research team has designed a Telecommunication Engineering Program, which is a project that has been named “Opportunity”. The choice of the name is due to the importance of time along the program that are in general very heavy overwhelming the students with not very good consequences some times even leading them to give up in the middle of the program [1].

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Ciampi, M., & Brito, C. (2005, June), 60 Years Of Distance Education Experience Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15549

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