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Engineering Technology Management Graduate Student Online Learning Preferences

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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General Topics in Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

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23.523.1 - 23.523.9



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A. Mark Doggett Western Kentucky University

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A. Mark Doggett is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for the Master of Science Degree in Engineering Technology Management at Western Kentucky University. His interests are in the area of technology management practices, lean, theory of constraints, quality, and systems thinking. His research includes various decision-making and problem-solving strategies, and the development of distance learning approaches.

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Engineering Technology Management Graduate Student Online Learning PreferencesAs online graduate programs continue to grow, so does the development of advanced learningmediums and delivery tools. Faculty and students are increasingly using web-based means ofcommunication such as blogs, wikis, discussion boards, and collaborative tools in addition totraditional readings, lecture notes, homework, writing exercises, and examinations. There havealways been multiple methods available to instructors for delivery of content and the assessmentof learning, but now there are more varieties of instructional technologies from which to choose.Given the choice, are there certain online approaches or methods that engineering technologymanagement graduate students prefer?The purpose of the study was to assess student preferences regarding instructional technologymediums for delivery of course content and the means of communication. An additional purposewas to determine commonalities in student preferences for receiving distance learning contentand the effectiveness of these technologies. The scope of the study was limited to an onlinegraduate program in Engineering Technology Management at a comprehensive pubic universitywith asynchronous distance learning technologies. Students were asked their preferences andperceptions regarding online course content and the various communication modes within thedegree coursework. Both qualitative and quantitative responses were gathered.The research found that most students use and are familiar with online mediums such as blogs,projects, presentations, U-tube, or Google docs along with heavy use of social media. Studentspreferred online discussion forums and individual work submitted solely to the instructor.Students liked exams that allow multiple attempts, but disliked timed exams with forcedcompletion. There was a slight preference for the use of electronic or web-based textbooks.Students indicated a slight preference for assignment checklists as an additional resource, butthese students appreciate all resources, regardless of use.

Doggett, A. M. (2013, June), Engineering Technology Management Graduate Student Online Learning Preferences Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19537

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