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Effective Online Teaching Practices during a Covid Environment

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Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference



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April 9, 2021

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April 9, 2021

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April 10, 2021

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Kate D. Abel Stevens Institute of Technology (School of Engineering and Science)

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Kate Abel is the Director of the Undergraduate Engineering Management (EM) and the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Programs at the School of Systems and Enterprises. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Applied Psychology. She is a Fellow in the American Society for Engineering Management. She has held several professional service positions including President (2006) and Program Chair (2005) of the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and President (2007) and Vice President (2005) of Engineering Management Honor Society (Epsilon Mu Eta). Abel has been published several times including chapters in the books Eshbach's Handbook of Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Economic Analysis by Newnan, et. al.; in journals such as the Engineering Management Journal and the Journal of Engineering Education; and several conference proceedings. She has taught courses in Total Quality Management, Engineering Economics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurial Analysis of Engineering Design, Statistics for Engineering Managers, Management of Engineering and Technology, and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as knowledge and information management. She is a member of the Board of Advisors at West Point for the Department of Systems Engineering. She is also a member of several professional societies including ASEE, ASEM, ASME, and EMH.

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Over the last two decades online teaching has had its supporters and opponents. There were those who believe that online education would level the playing field, allowing all portions of the population access to education. There were those who believe that online education could never provide what an in-person experience could or should provide. In March of 2020, the world was handed a situation where arguments were required to be pushed aside and online learning had to become a reality for much of the nation, in order to preserve the health of our school communities.

Almost a year later, educators’ experiences in this dominantly online environment have morphed and opinions changed or blurred. What is the outcome of these educational circumstances which lie beyond our control? What are some best practices that have emerged from the morass of meddled together theories? What has worked? What hasn’t? What if we must teach a really large class? Can one possibly still teach 400 students online and hope for student involvement? These and other topics will be explored as we delve into the new (yet old) environment of online learning during Covid.

Abel, K. D. (2021, April), Effective Online Teaching Practices during a Covid Environment Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual .

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