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Distance Learning Courses In Engineering Technology At Rochester Institute Of Technology

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.219.1 - 3.219.7



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Carol Richardson

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Session 1149

Distance Learning Courses in Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology

Carol Richardson Rochester Institute of Technology


Two Engineering Technology departments at Rochester Institute of Technology have participated in distance learning initiatives since 1989. The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology presently offers eleven different courses in two different distance learning formats. The Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology offers a bachelor of science degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology. These Engineering Technology departments have experienced growth in the credit hours generated in these courses during the past four years. The distance learning courses have increased the productivity of the departments during times of lower student enrollments and are now providing opportunities for increases in credit hours generated by each of the departments. This paper describes the implementation of distance learning courses in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology.


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is one of many institutions that are developing alternative learning environments to meet the educational needs of their students. Distance learning at RIT started in 1979 using the local cable TV service. The course delivery has changed considerably since 1979 and the courses in the current programs focus on delivery systems based on widely available consumer technologies. Two Engineering Technology departments at RIT started providing distance learning courses in 1989 and presently provide thirteen different courses for two different bachelor of science degree programs.

Distance learning programs at RIT are keeping us competitive with other colleges and universities. The programs meet the needs of a growing population of RIT learners for whom distance delivered instruction is the only viable means by which they can meet their education needs. Changing lifestyles, multiple career paths and the need for 1 continuation education are fueling rapid growth in the distance learning population.

Distance Learning Population and Programs

Richardson, C. (1998, June), Distance Learning Courses In Engineering Technology At Rochester Institute Of Technology Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7052

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