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Development Of A Web Based Curriculum In Mining Engineering Technology

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Multimedia and Distance Learning

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Engineering Technology

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12.522.1 - 12.522.10



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Roger Owensby Bluefield State College

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Akhtar Safder Bluefield State College

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Bruce Mutter Bluefield State College

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Development of a Web-Based Curriculum in Mining Engineering Technology Abstract

This paper highlights the work at the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) at Bluefield State College to develop a web-based baccalaureate degree program option (B.S.) in Mining Engineering Technology (MIET) that continues to meet the quality standards in the industry. Capitalizing on the initial success of our web-delivered courses in the School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SETCS) delivered through the CART Course Management System (CMS), this work describes the research process used to measure our capability to provide an online version of our degree. Mid-career professionals interested in completing degree requirements without having to attend on-campus classes represent a new student target.

The program will continue to conform to our curriculum requirements ensuring the quality of the on-line MIET program. The article will address the development of this new delivery method. The curriculum will be designed to operate in an interactive web-based environment for submission of coursework; concept diagrams, drawings, reports, and assorted forms. Class discussions, conferencing, forums and real-time project reviews will utilize current “chat-room” technology and newly emerging conference software applications. Testing opportunities will be devised through models similarly employed by our own CART CMS allowing online mine site vignettes and projects. The research will determine the extent and volume that portfolio materials will be allowed to be used as submissions for program requirements.

The research will analyze the hardware needs required by the institution for the delivery of the program and by students taking the individual courses. Cost analysis will include the cost of delivery of the program, individual courses, and impacts on faculty resources. Research will examine development of marketing strategies and propose market pricing for tuition and fees required by the program.

1. Introduction

The CART Course Management System (CMS) was developed by the Center for Applied Research & Technology, Inc. established on 28 July 1998 to enhance the competitive position of Bluefield State College for applied research opportunities in the current environment for research and development; promote the general economic development of the region; expedite and simplify the acquisition and utilization of research contracts; improve technology transfer; and link applied scientific research and technological advancements to economic development of the State of West Virginia.

The Mining Engineering Technology (MIET) baccalaureate program has been a serving the mining industry profession at BSC since 1972. A bachelor’s degree in mining engineering technology will qualify the graduate for mining industry entry positions in production, construction, preparation, equipment sales, and environmental controls and in assisting mining

Owensby, R., & Safder, A., & Mutter, B. (2007, June), Development Of A Web Based Curriculum In Mining Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2446

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