June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Biological & Agricultural
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Cooperative Teaching in a Distance Education Environment (work in progress) A project‐based course in Robotics was created to serve as a senior‐level engineering elective for both a US University (USU) and a Far‐East University (FEU). It was implemented for the first time in Spring 2012 with 3 students at USU and 12 students at FEU. It is currently implemented (Fall 2012) for only 12 FEU students. It was designed around 4 projects with lectures and laboratory demonstrations performed by the instructors (from both sides) to provide necessary background materials for students to carry on successfully with their chosen projects. The major difficulties were the differences in the start date and duration of the respective courses at each university and prevented our attempt to synchronize student progress about half way into the Spring 12 semester. The "technical" issues were easily solved by each side using similar hardware and software. The instructional materials were shared via a Blackboard Learning Management system with the USU students participating in live classroom lectures that were recorded in multimedia format and provided asynchronously to the FEU students "attending" the same lectures (or slightly modified to accommodate the flow of the materials and frequency of class weekly attendance ‐ twice a week for USU students and once a week for FEU students). We also had found the necessity to change the after‐class instructor‐student interaction method due to cultural differences between USU and FEU students. Student surveys at the end of Spring 2012 showed strong enthusiasm for the PBL approach and level of materials covered, especially from the FEU students as this was the first time that they attended such a course. Other details regarding differences in student aptitudes and difficulties will be reported in the full paper. For Fall 2012, FEU students will be asked to keep design notebooks that would be reviewed after each of the 4 projects.
Thai, C. N., & Kuo, Y., & Yen, P. (2013, June), Cooperative Teaching in a Distance Education Environment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19355
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