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Adapting Online Learning for the United States Military Academy

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Military and Veterans Division Technical Session 2

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Military and Veterans

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Raymond Vetter United States Military Academy

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Raymond Vetter, PE, PMP is currently an instructor and analyst in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy (West Point). He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point, New York, USA), 2010, with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with Honors. In 2014 Ray graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, earning a Master of Science in Engineering Management. In 2019, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science in Engineering and Management.
His research interests include: engineering education, systems architecture, and supply chain optimization.

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This research explores how online learning is conducted for higher education. This is a rapidly growing field that allows student-teacher interaction to occur beyond the traditional classroom environment. This work specifically considers the various modes that online learning can use to disseminate information. It reviews the current and emerging technologies that allow for connectivity and feedback between educators and students. The author then considers the perceptions of online learning held by both students and faculty, as well as how effective it is. After considering best practices from across many institutions and organizations, specific techniques are recommended to the United States Military Academy (USMA). USMA has special academic requirements that extend beyond the classroom and incorporate academic, physical, military, character, and leadership development. These recommendations are meant to help develop cadets through engagement via virtual platforms as appropriate. Key insights include the need to maintain personal interactions and relationships, in-person or virtually, as well as the need to produce high-quality, short video lectures in order to maximize engagement during scheduled course meeting times. Faculty members must adjust and produce content that is engaging to students to promote preparation and discussion in live, virtual sessions.

Vetter, R. (2021, July), Adapting Online Learning for the United States Military Academy Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36649

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