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Designing Effective Web Based Learning Environments Using The Keller Plan And Media Friendly Tools

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.204.1 - 5.204.12



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Robert Lane Davis

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Kenneth Martin Ragsdell

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John Petrikovitsch

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Edward J. Feltrop

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Session 3220

Designing Effective Web-Based Learning Environments Using the Keller Plan and Media-Friendly Tools

Robert L. Davis, Edward J. Feltrop, John Petrikovitsch, Kenneth M. Ragsdell University of Missouri-Rolla


This paper summarizes the authors’ efforts to create effective learning environments suitable for the new millennium. The University of Missouri Rolla (UMR) Engineering Management Depart- ment is currently responding to the challenge to deliver a Masters of Engineering Management degree program statewide. To facilitate this, a virtual campus must be created for students that may be place-bound at essentially any location in Missouri. In addition, recent contracts with The Boeing Company require the delivery of a new degree in Systems Engineering to Boeing sites worldwide and noncredit courses in Saudi Arabia. This paper discusses the authors’ thinking on and latest efforts to create effective learning environments using modern technology.

1. Introduction

The Engineering Management Department at the University of Missouri has been charged with the responsibility of delivering a Masters level degree program to students anywhere in the state of Missouri. The department has a very strong tradition of service to the state, nation and the world through distance education efforts of various kinds over the past thirty years, and has been a major provider of courseware to NTU (National Technological University), with several department fac- ulty honored for outstanding teaching. Professor Ragsdell has been involved in distance education (as a professor and administrator) since 1973 (Purdue), and has delivered courses in every conceiv- able format across the US and around the world. In addition, the Engineering Management depart- ment has regularly delivered on-site courses and entire MS degree programs for industry (in Missouri and around the world), and has participated aggressively in the University of Missouri Video Network (UMVN), and has been an active participant in the course offerings of the UMR Graduate Engineering Education Center in St. Louis, since its beginning in the 1960’s.

These outreach efforts have been accomplished with a variety of delivery formats; including live on-site (professor commutes), tape-delayed presentation, two-way video/two-way audio with a live on-campus class, and web-based with streaming audio and/or video. These delivery formats have relative strengths and weaknesses from the viewpoint of students, faculty and administrators. None of the delivery formats used to date seems to be perfect from all perspectives. Distance students are often employed part or full time, and have significant time constraints due to job- related assignments and travel and family requirements.

The Internet provides a convenient channel of communication to place-bound students. To fully exploit the capabilities of this medium, the efficacy of the Personalized System of Instruction (Keller Plan) is being investigated through the development and implementation of various learning envi- ronments. Observations are discussed relative to delivery format in light of student learning style

Davis, R. L., & Ragsdell, K. M., & Petrikovitsch, J., & Feltrop, E. J. (2000, June), Designing Effective Web Based Learning Environments Using The Keller Plan And Media Friendly Tools Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8279

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