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Development of a System of Best Practices to Implement Flip classroom and Lecture Capture Methodologies - A Success Story

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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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Novel Teaching Methods In Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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Claude Villiers Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Villiers is an Associate Professor in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCOE) at Florida Gulf Coast University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Materials and Construction from the University of Florida in 2004. Dr. Villiers’ areas of principal research interest are Civil Engineering Materials and Asphalt Technology, Highway and Pavement Design, Transportation, Specifications and Construction Variability of Pavement Materials, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, Pavement Management and Rehabilitation, and Statistics related to Pavement Materials.

In the past, Dr. Villiers worked on several projects sponsored by various agencies including the Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and University Transportation Research Center Region-II. Some of his most recently completed and on-going work include the use of driving simulator to investigate patterns of drivers’ behavior during various rainfall event using different roadway geometries. Deliverables from this project may help Florida Department of Transportation and other agencies with future decision making, such as variable message signs, determining appropriate corrective measures on existing roadway sections, and/or designing future roadway sections to reduce hydroplaning. He is a Co-PI for the grant submitted to NSF to allow Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) be a member of the Florida – Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP). This program is committed to substantially increasing the number of degrees awarded to underrepresented populations within STEM areas. Last year, Dr. Villiers in collaboration with the Director of the Office of Community Outreach Programs, Associate Provost at FGCU along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People successfully initiated and completed a successful Pre-Collegiate Summer Camp to engage high school students from underrepresented groups in research and STEM activities. Dr. Villiers is also the founding faculty advisor for the American Society of Civil Engineers in WCOE at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Dr. Claude Villiers Villiers

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Carlin J McFarlane Florida Gulf Coast University

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CJ Mcfarlane has been working in the field of Instructional Technology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) since 2000. During this time, FGCU was one of the fastest growing universities in the United States leading to a vast growth in the amount of classroom by over 300%. With over 15 years of experience in design, implementation, and maintenance of Academic Technology for all of the colleges at the University.

CJ McFarlane graduated from FGCU with a BA in Computer Information Systems, a MBA from Florida International University and currently is enrolled in the EdD program at FGCU. He is also a certified ACE programmer ( AMX ) and Extron Associate.

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Patricia O'Connor-Benson Florida Gulf Coast University

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Mrs. Patricia O'Connor-Benson has been the Director of Academic & Event Technology at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2002. She oversees all University technology - including hardware, software and systems - as it relates to the delivery of face-to-face and distance learning. In her capacity as an IT Director, Mrs. O'Connor-Benson has also been responsible for monitoring industry trends and developing technology solutions that serve to enhance both teaching and learning. Prior to her appointment at Florida Gulf Coast University, Mrs. O'Connor-Benson managed end-user technology systems and services at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, BNL is a cutting-edge large-scale facility for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world.

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Thomas Patrick Felke MSW, PhD Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Thomas Felke is BSW Program Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). His primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of research, policy practice, and social work administration. He is actively engaged in research and practice in the areas of community needs and asset assessment(s) particularly involving the use of geographic information systems (GIS) technologies.

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Established in 1997, XXXX is the second newest public university in the state of YY. Each year, it attracts thousands of new freshmen because of its commitment to academic excellence combined with a younger regional population that is growing. Leveraging the use of technology in distance learning and teaching was part of the educational building blocks of XXXX. However, “flip classroom and lecture capture” technology were not implemented into any of the classrooms until the last three (3) years. In addition, the university did not have a structured system initiated across the campus. Faculty who used flip classroom or lecture capture systems, prepared their own implementation approach to deliver this e-learning technology in their classroom. While this technique is encouraging, it creates a stressful situation with the multiple demands by faculty in terms of different types of equipment and software to implement flip classroom and lecture capture at XXXX. In addition, the department of Academic and Event Technology Services (AETS) who oversees technology in the classrooms are overwhelmed to allocate adequate resources, quality staff members, and appropriate training necessary to implement this technology. The objective of this work is to identify a system of best practice that can used across disciplines and departments at XXXX to implement flip classroom and lecture capture methodologies. This paper also presents an approach used to identify a cost effective system, implementation, delivery, and analysis of flip classroom and lecture capture used in three Civil Engineering undergraduate courses (Mechanics of Materials, Civil Engineering Materials, and Transportation) at XXXX. Analysis was also conducted to assess the effectiveness of flip classroom and lecture capture instituted at XXXX in the last two years. These objectives were meet by creating a pilot study. This study included the collaboration of the personnel of the AETS department and two faculty members in the Civil Engineering program at XXXX. Significant data was obtained from over 150 engineering students. Students were surveyed by these faculty members to understand the perspective of the students and the effectiveness of this new technique. A cost effective system that utilized Adobe Connect and equipment to capture both pre-recorded and live lectures was identified. It appears that this system is effective and can be used by faculty across the university. An analysis of the data obtained from the student’s survey show that over 85% of students in these classes did watch at least one form of lecture capture throughout the semester. 95% of the students believe that lecture capture should be expanded across the university. 80% of the students documented that lecture capture did advanced their understanding of the content in class by giving them the ability to review material that was covered in class. It is believed that this technique can be improved in order to advance it across the entire university. Lessons learned by this research could be used by faculty at XXXX and other institutions of similar size and makeup. It is recommended that that these techniques should be refined to increase their acceptance among other disciplines and faculty across the university.

Villiers, C., & McFarlane, C. J., & O'Connor-Benson, P., & Felke, T. P. (2016, June), Development of a System of Best Practices to Implement Flip classroom and Lecture Capture Methodologies - A Success Story Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26812

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