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Applying Distance Education Technologies to a Large-scale Engineering Mechanics Course

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Education for Modern Needs Part I: Non-traditional Learning Methods and Expanding Student Markets

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Continuing Professional Development

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25.200.1 - 25.200.5



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Daniel Dickrell III University of Florida

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Applying Distance Education Technologies to a Large-Scale EngineeringMechanics CourseA traditional engineering mechanics course with a very large enrollment (500 students) was enhancedby leveraging existing technologies originally purposed to serve distance engineering students in onlineprograms. The use of high-definition recorded lectures, online homework tools, social media, and coursemanagement systems allowed for an efficient delivery of engineering curriculum content by a singleprofessor and several teaching assistants. This increased instructional efficiency, in the form of fewerinstructors and support personnel required to teach such a large student population, did not come atthe expense of student learning experience as evidenced by student performance as compared toprevious semesters as well as student self-assessment of pedagogical efficacy.

Dickrell, D. (2012, June), Applying Distance Education Technologies to a Large-scale Engineering Mechanics Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20960

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