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Development And Delivery Of Nuclear Engineering Technology On Line Courses: The Excelsior College Experience

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Information Technology in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Education

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Nuclear and Radiological

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11.447.1 - 11.447.11



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Altaf Memon Excelsior College

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Interim Dean, School of Business and Technology, Excelsior College, 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-5159

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Li-Fang Shih Excelsior College

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Director, Online Course Management, School of Business and Technology, Excelsior College, 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-5159

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Byron Thinger Diablo Canyon Power Plant

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Senior Nuclear Generation Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Avila Beach, CA 93424

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“Development and Delivery of Nuclear Engineering Technology On-line Courses: The Excelsior College Experience”


Excelsior College, located in Albany, New York, has been a pioneer institution in the distance learning. Numerous online courses have been recently developed by Excelsior College to serve the educational needs of its students. These courses cover a wide range of academic disciplines and can be delivered by a course management system known as WebCT, CD-ROM, or directly through the Web.

This manuscript provides a detailed description of the WebCT-based courses in Nuclear Engineering Technology recently developed by the School of Business and Technology at the Excelsior College to fulfill the academic needs of students enrolled in ABET accredited baccalaureate Nuclear Engineering Technology degree program. The manuscript also provides information regarding the methods used in these courses to assess students’ learning and presents a comprehensive review of the development, implementation, and evaluation of the online courses. Feedback from the students on teaching and learning in the online environment is also analyzed and discussed. Finally, this paper explores successful strategies and the best practices for online education. Introduction Excelsior College in Albany, New York, was founded in 1971 by the New York State Board of Regents, and was originally known as Regents College. In 1998, it was granted a charter to operate as a private, independent college and changed its name to Excelsior College in 2001. Currently, it has approximately 27,000 enrolled students and is one of the most respected distance learning institutions in higher education.

Recognizing that college-level knowledge can be obtained in many ways, Excelsior provide access to many different avenues for earning college credit, focusing on what students know, rather on where and how they learned it. Undergraduate credits are earned through a variety of accredited sources including for-credits exams, traditional campus-based courses, military and corporate training and distance learning and online courses offered by Excelsior and other institutions. Through these means, the college makes associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree more accessible to busy working adults.

Excelsior College has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle State Associate of Colleges and Schools since 1977. Excelsior’s associate, bachelors and master’s degree programs in nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Its Bachelor of Science degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology and Nuclear Engineering Technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET). The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes all Excelsior College Examinations for the award of college-level credit.

Memon, A., & Shih, L., & Thinger, B. (2006, June), Development And Delivery Of Nuclear Engineering Technology On Line Courses: The Excelsior College Experience Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--881

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