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Distance Learning: A Multimedia Approach

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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ASEE Multimedia Session

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8.444.1 - 8.444.9



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Richard Heist

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Paul Marnell

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Graham Walker

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Session 2793

Distance Learning: A Multimedia Approach

Graham Walker, Paul Marnell, and Richard Heist Mechanical Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Chemical Engineering Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471


Many of the industrial advisors to the Engineering School at Manhattan College have indicated over the years that they would like to improve the education level of their workforce by allowing them to study for a Master’s degree. However, in many of these cases it has been difficult to achieve this because of work constraints on the employees. This was particularly true of the companies that were located at significant distances from the college campus.

In the past the Engineering School at Manhattan College has arranged for an instructor to travel to a facility located at or near the plant where most of the company students were employed. However, in the present industrial climate it has become difficult to arrange for all of the potential students to be able to attend the classes together on a regular basis, mostly because of conflicting shift requirements.

To address this problem, the School has created a number of courses (Applied Instrumentation, Engineering Economy, Quality Engineering, and Legal Aspects of Engineering) that can be offered asynchronously using CD-ROM’s and/or the web. All students take the class during the same semester, but they are able to access the class materials as needed. This was done by providing the students with prepackaged lectures on CD-ROM and class material via the web.

Course Materials

The lecture material for the course is distributed to the students on a CD-ROM and a video where necessary. Supplementary materials are also made available to the students on the web via the Blackboard software package. Blackboard is also used to communicate with the students.

Compact Disk

The CD-ROM associated with the course contains all of the lectures for the courses and they are broken down into topics. This is advantageous over traditional class formats in that the course is not unnaturally broken into segments that are all of equal length, but instead have natural breaks at the end of each class topic.

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Heist, R., & Marnell, P., & Walker, G. (2003, June), Distance Learning: A Multimedia Approach Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11492

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