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Development Of Engineering Online Courses: Faculty And Student Support

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.196.1 - 4.196.6

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Charles S. Elliott

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Session 2222

Development of Engineering On-line Courses: Faculty and Student Support

Charles S. Elliott Arizona State University


The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Arizona State University has embarked on a variety of initiatives to provide on-line engineering courses to several audiences. This paper will describe these various efforts and our special attempts to provide direct support to our faculty and students to maximize success in these courses. It will also present some lessons we have learned to date.

I. Introduction

While the support and encouragement of various administration offices and department leadership is absolutely necessary for on-line course development and offerings, we strongly believe significant direct assistance to faculty and students is critical to any success we may achieve in this growing area of interest. As with most large research universities it seems (after exploring programmatic efforts in this area at over ten of them), ASU is providing varying levels of assistance at both the university and college level.

II. Beginning the Journey

Our College of Engineering and Applied Sciences primarily began its efforts into on-line education in fairly typical academic fashion – by appointing a faculty and staff committee to review this area and provide recommendations to the Dean on whether to pursue such activities and (if, yes) how to do so. Early in its work, the group expanded beyond CEAS to include interested parties outside of engineering – including the College of Business, College of Extended Education – Distance Learning Technology Group (DLT) and Information Technology (IT). The committee worked through 1996-97 and submitted its report in July 1997 providing a comprehensive assessment of our situation, a series of recommendations and budget needs to meet them.1

As a result of this and other efforts, our Provost, Milton Glick has provided substantial funding to DLT to support faculty and course development. He, of course, also funds the central Information Technology.

III. Providing Faculty and Student Support Services

We currently have three major entities at ASU to assist faculty in on-line course development:

Elliott, C. S. (1999, June), Development Of Engineering Online Courses: Faculty And Student Support Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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