June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.437.1 - 10.437.15
Session Number 1793
Teaching an Engineering Course Online Using Blackboard
Ismail I. Orabi, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering School of Engineering and Applied Sciences University of New Haven West Haven, CT 06516
Online-based course delivery has become an attractive option for expanding its reach to new students and to added flexibility and convenience of existing students. Since the academic semester of spring '03, the students at the University of New Haven (UNH) have had the opportunity to enroll in such a course. It is the first course to be offered completely online by the School of Engineering at the University of New Haven.
This paper presents and addresses many of the technical challenges that are encountered during the process of developing and implementing an engineering course for online delivery at the University of New Haven. This paper presents the procedure that was followed in transforming a traditional course in Introduction to Engineering for delivery as a completely interactive online course. The results show that there was no statistical difference in student learning between on- campus and online students.
The key to successful online and traditional classrooms is to analyze course material, determine how well existing material will translate online, create new approaches to communicate with students, and evaluate and rebuild the course as problems arise. The students at the University of New Haven (UNH) have had the opportunity to enroll in an online engineering course since spring '03. The study that compares the on campus with online students shows no significant difference in the learning of students as shown through regular test and other course requirements1. In all, students favored the flexibility and convenience of the online course. They appreciated being well informed by the instructor of the expectations, objectives and concepts of the course, and the overall organized nature of the course.
2. Course Description
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright C 2005, American Society of Engineering Education
Orabi, I. (2005, June), Developing And Implementing An Online Entry Level Engineering Course Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15175
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