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A Hybrid Course In Fundamentals Of Building Construction Using A Combination Of Archived Video And Live Session Distance Learning

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Multimedia and Distance Learning in ET

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Engineering Technology

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11.54.1 - 11.54.8



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Vernon Lewis Old Dominion University

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Vernon W. Lewis, JR. P.E., Senior Lecturer, is Program Director of Civil Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. He joined the faculty of Old Dominion University in January 1994. He has 30 years of professional experience in consulting, industry and forensic engineering and is registered in four states. His areas of expertise include structural design, contract documents and materials testing.

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June Ritchie Old Dominion University

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June Ritchie is a Senior Instructional Designer and Instructor for the Center for Learning Technologies in the Old Dominion University Office of Distance Learning. She joined the staff of Old Dominion University in 1999.

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Carol Considine Old Dominion University

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Carol L. Considine is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. She joined the faculty of Old Dominion University in fall 1999. She has fifteen years of industrial experience in construction estimating and project management. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

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A Hybrid Course in Fundamentals of Building Construction using Combination Archived Video and Live Session Distance learning Vernon W. Lewis, Jr., Carol L. Considine, Department of Engineering Technology June Ritchie, Center for Learning Technologies Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia


A course in the Fundamentals of Building Construction has been a curricular requirement of the Civil Engineering Technology Program (CET) since its inception. This course was taught traditionally as an on-campus class. Over the last ten years, the CET program has expanded to contain an extensive distance learning component, with at least half of the enrollment located off campus. The model for the typical distance-learning class is to meet for three hours, once a week, with a fully interactive (voice) live class.

In consideration of the demand of a growing distance learning system, it was decided to restructure this class into a hybrid class using archived video segments available online for student access through a distance learning system. A limitation of the system is that the fully live interactive courses require a separate classroom with special configuration at each remote site. Limitations on the number of the available classrooms at remote sites hinder the expansion of all programs. This change in format will permit a reduction in the time allocated to the live interactive component, with associated advantages and disadvantages for both the student and the system. This paper will discuss the presentation and organization of the hybrid class, the advantages and disadvantages of the approach and an assessment of the hybrid class outcomes compared o the fully interactive model.


The Engineering Technology Program at Old Dominion University offers ABET accredited options in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology. In recent years this offering has been expanded to include emphasis areas in Surveying/Geomatics, Computer Engineering Technology and Nuclear Engineering Technology, one each under the umbrella of the three original programs. The Civil Engineering Technology (CET) curriculum is one of the degreed programs that are offered through the Old Dominion University Distant Learning (TELETECHNET) system. This distance learning program is one of the largest degreed distance education programs in the United States. The university is committed to providing our distance learning students the same educational opportunities that are available to our on-site students.

Distant students typically earn an associate degree at their local community colleges and then attend Old Dominion University through the distance learning program (TELETECHNET) to earn their Baccalaureate degree in CET. The typical lecture courses are delivered in the synchronous mode and the students have great success in this manner.

Lewis, V., & Ritchie, J., & Considine, C. (2006, June), A Hybrid Course In Fundamentals Of Building Construction Using A Combination Of Archived Video And Live Session Distance Learning Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1251

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