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Electronic Learning At The Faculty Of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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International Engineering Education I

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11.526.1 - 11.526.11



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Direk Lavansiri Chulalongkorn University

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Prof. Dr. Direk Lavansiri is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in 1977 and joined Faculty of Engineering in 1978. He served as the Director of Continuing Education Center, Chulalongkorn University from 1989 to1999.

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Boonchai Sowanwanichakul Chulalongkorn University

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Assist. Prof. Boonchai Sowanwanichakul is the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Director of the Center for Electronic Learning, Chulalongkorn University. He graduated from Chulalongkorn University in 1978 and joined the Department of Computer Engineering in 1979.

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Manoj Lohatepanont Chulalongkorn University

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Dr. Manoj Lohatepanont is the Deputy Director of the Center for Electronic Learning, Chulalongkorn University. He earned his Sc.D. in Transportation and Logistics Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 and joined Faculty of Engineering in 2004.

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Electronic Learning at the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University Abstract

The Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University recognizes the growing demand for e- learning and has developed strategy and implementation plan accordingly. In this paper, we describe the classification of e-learning readiness of the faculty and show a steady progress towards greater e-learning readiness. A strategy map based on the balanced scorecard concept was developed to formalize and guide our implementation of e-learning based courses and programs. We show, in this paper, how all of the four perspectives—stakeholder, process, capacity building, and finance—are balanced in our strategy map. We describe our current major e-learning projects, which comprise of three projects with our international alliance partners, and one project with a domestic network partner.

1. Introduction

Chulalongkorn University started experimenting with electronic learning (e-learning) more than five years ago by first implementing a learning management system (LMS), which supplemented classroom learning and encouraged faculty members to move class materials into electronic formats. Later, the Center for Academic Resource, its central library, acquired the “Blackboard” learning management system for campus wide usage. In 2002, Chulalongkorn University began offering its first flexible learning undergraduate degree in Software Development as a pilot program. The program was transferred to the Faculty of Engineering in 2005.

Chulalongkorn University’s strategic plan dictates that the university increase its role as a major academic institute domestically and internationally by increasing education opportunities through distance learning and other alternative (i.e., non-conventional) means through which students can be educated. It is also a mission of the university to encourage a learning environment in which each student can independently develop knowledge and skills to his/her fullest extent without limitations in terms of place and time of study. To this end, Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Engineering has devised implementation plan to support the e-learning development as will be described in this paper.

This paper covers: 1. e-learning readiness, 2. e-learning implementation strategy, and 3. plans for building academic cooperation with world-class institutes to achieve knowledge and technology transfer

2. E-Learning Readiness

Chulalongkorn University has adopted e-learning as a medium for its distant education, in which instructors and students are located at different geographical locations. In our particular case, the instructors are often based in Bangkok where the university is located and the students are located in distant provinces of Thailand such as the provinces of Naan and Srisaket. The

Lavansiri, D., & Sowanwanichakul, B., & Lohatepanont, M. (2006, June), Electronic Learning At The Faculty Of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--756

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