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Cooperative Teaching in a Distance Education Environment

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Education Technical Session

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Biological & Agricultural

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23.341.1 - 23.341.15



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Chi N. Thai University of Georgia

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Dr. C. N. Thai is an associate professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. He teaches courses in Robotics, Machine Vision and Systems Simulation. His research areas are in theater robotics and spectral imaging for plant health and quality characterization of agricultural products.

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Yan-Fu Kuo National Taiwan University


Ping-Lang Yen National Taiwan University

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Dr. Ping-Lang Yen was born in 1966. He received his B.S. degree from the Dept. of Power Mechanical Engineering at National Tsing-Hua University, his M.S. degree from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University, and his Ph.D. degree from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College in London in 1998, 1990, and 1996, respectively. He joined Acer Peripheral Incorporation as a researcher from 1997 to 1999. Currently he is associate professor in the Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering at National Taiwan University. His research interests are medical robotics, computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery and computer-assisted breast cancer diagnosis.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--19355

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