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Design and Development of Online Applied Thermo-Fluid Science Courses

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Distance Learning in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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Gonca Altuger-Genc State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc is an Assistant Professor at State University of New York - Farmingdale State College in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. She is serving as the K-12 STEM Outreach Research and Training Coordinator at Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College.
Her research interests are engineering education, self-directed lifelong learning, virtual laboratories, and decision-making framework development for design and manufacturing environments.

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Jeff Hung Farmingdale State College

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Dr. Jeff Hung holds degrees in engineering and technology disciplines (Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, M.S in Mechanical Engineering, and B.S in Manufacturing Engineering Technology). His areas of expertise are in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Number Control (CNC), new product development, fuel cell technology, and thermal spray technology. He is currently an assistant professor of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at Farmingdale State College.

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Online teaching and learning has become a popular pedagogy for educators and students due to the flexibility and accessibility of course materials. Many higher education institutions continue to increase their online course offerings to meet the needs of growing enrollments and to offer a flexible learning environment for students. In the recent years, this increased demand for online teaching and learning has resulted in a shift from traditional in-class teaching to hybrid or fully online teaching. Many educators revised and redesigned their courses and the methods of teaching to convey their courses online. Course management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, and many others are widely adopted by universities and colleges to provide a platform for educators to offer their courses in online settings. In addition, textbook publishers have started to develop and offer teaching resources such as; lecture slides, question banks, quizzes, and exams to assist online teaching. Although platforms and resources are available to support online teaching, designing, developing, and teaching online courses in engineering technology fields remain a challenge due to the applied nature of the courses and the compatibility of the teaching resources. This paper will discuss the design and development of online undergraduate level Applied Fluid Mechanics and Applied Thermodynamics courses in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at a 4-year state college. The courses are designed to have a similar course structure and to provide students with the similar learning environment throughout. A module-based approach is employed by these two courses, where the lecture materials are offered through a series of modules. However, the development of courses did not limit the academic freedom of the authors in the methodologies and tools they employ when teaching their materials online. An overview of the two online courses along with the development of interactive online teaching materials such as video-based lectures, simulations, animations, and discussion boards for these courses will be discussed. The challenges of teaching online applied thermo-fluid science courses along with best practices and lessons learned will also be discussed.

Altuger-Genc, G., & Hung, J. (2016, June), Design and Development of Online Applied Thermo-Fluid Science Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26665

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