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Distance Learning: Things To Be Aware Of Or Wary Of When Combining A Resident Course With A Distance Learning Course

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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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ET Distance Learning

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8.445.1 - 8.445.7



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Charlie Edmonson

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Donna Summers

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Session 1647

Distance Learning: Things to be Aware of or Wary of When Combining a Resident Course With a Distance Learning Course

Charlie P. Edmonson Donna C.S. Summers University of Dayton


The University of Dayton recently entered into a 2 + 2 matriculation agreement with Edison Community College located in Piqua, Ohio. Students in the program will complete their Associates Degree requirements at Edison before transferring to The University of Dayton to finish their Bachelors Degree in Engineering Technology. Since the distance between the two institutions requires at least a forty-five minute commute, all of The University of Dayton Engineering Technology courses completed by Edison students will be offered through distance learning. Nearly all of the Edison Community College students participating in the 2 + 2 program work full-time. This fact, combined with the distance separating the two institutions make providing a cohesive educational experience similar to that of resident students at The University of Dayton challenging. Distance learning capabilities at both institutions make such an endeavor possible. During the Fall semester of 2002, the Industrial Engineering Technology program at The University of Dayton offered the IET 323 Project Management course as a resident on-campus course. The same course was offered to students at Edison Community College as a distance-learning course. These two courses were actually delivered as one course, taught from 7:10 at 8:25 p.m., Monday and Wednesday evenings by the same professor. Technologically enhanced classrooms at both institutions allowed the courses to be offered at the same time. The simultaneous participation of the students at Edison Community College at a distance with the physically present students and professor on the University of Dayton campus was made possible through video teleconferencing. Over the Summer and Fall, during the preparation of the course and the actual delivery of the course, the faculty at The University of Dayton learned a lot about what to be aware of when offering simultaneous resident and distance learning courses. They also learned what aspects of teaching such a course to be wary of. This paper has been developed to provide others with insight into how to properly prepare for a combined resident and distance-learning course. The paper will discuss things to be aware of including what it is like to be in-class and on-screen simultaneously, how to deal with class size and class composition issues, and communication issues. This paper also discusses some serious considerations for faculty to be wary of including workload issues, project and presentation complexities, and the reactions of guest lecturers.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Edmonson, C., & Summers, D. (2003, June), Distance Learning: Things To Be Aware Of Or Wary Of When Combining A Resident Course With A Distance Learning Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11675

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