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June 14, 2015
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Development of an Online Master’s Degree Program in Manufacturing Systems EngineeringThis paper reports on a newly developed online master’s degree program inManufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of XYZ. Funding for programdevelopment has been provided through an internal university grant as part of auniversity-wide initiative. Classes will begin in the spring semester of 2015. Withincreased emphasis on manufacturing in recent years, including the establishmentfor four national institutes for manufacturing innovation, a resurgence of demand formanufacturing engineers with the required knowledge is expected. Because thisprogram will be entirely online, it will increase accessibility and provide anopportunity for career enhancement and advancement for practicing engineers whomay not otherwise have access to a graduate degree in manufacturing engineering.The primary focus of this paper is program development, including the motivationfor the program’s development, the program’s educational objectives, admissionsrequirements, degree requirements, curriculum planning, student recruitment,student orientation, selection of an online learning management system, facultytraining in required teaching technology and online teaching techniques, andmethods of assessment. Being a manufacturing systems engineering degree, anumber of courses in the program involve laboratory experiments or hands-onsimulations. The challenges involved and approach used to transition these activitiesto the virtual environment for use in online courses will also be covered.Regarding training, a formal university-wide program for faculty engaging in onlineand blended teaching methods will be described. A standard course template to beimplemented in a learning management system for use in the online courses will alsobe overviewed. While the online classes begin in spring 2015, faculty in the onlinemaster’s program are teaching in a blended format in related classes in the fall of2014, with significant portions of course content provided online for courses that areprimarily taught in a traditional face-to-face format, or by the synchronous distanceteaching method, Instructional Television (ITV). Assessment data is being collectedand will be used for improvement of online course content in future course offerings.This online content, and the assessment results, from fall of 2014 will be discussed,and plans for improvements in response to the assessments will be overviewed.
Badurdeen, F., & Baker, J. R., & Rouch, K. E., & Goble, C. F., & Swan, G. M., & Brown, A., & Jawahir, I. S. (2015, June), Development of an Online Master’s Degree Program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23871
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