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Evaluation of Techniques for Eliciting Online Interaction in Systems Engineering Courses

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Systems Engineering Pedagogy

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Systems Engineering

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Thomas H. Bradley Colorado State University

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Thomas H. Bradley is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Director of the Systems Engineering Program in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. Bradley teaches and conducts research in system engineering, automotive engineering, and sustainable energy systems. In 2013, Bradley was awarded the Ralph R. Teetor Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.

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For this study, we ask the question: what circumstances lead to synchronous student interaction in these synchronous online sections of the courses? Observations suggest that formative assessment question and answers, class structure, and technological capabilities can play a role in determining the level of classroom interaction, but these effects have not been quantified to date. In this study, we gather quantitative data on online-student to instructor real-time interactions using the archived recordings of 6 Systems Engineering courses offered in Fall 2015. The presence and participation of the students, and the types of successful interaction elicitation techniques are described for this dataset. The challenges and opportunities of instructing synchronous sections of systems engineering courses are discussed. Results may be used to develop best practices for instructors of Systems Engineering online coursework.

Bradley, T. H. (2016, June), Evaluation of Techniques for Eliciting Online Interaction in Systems Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26789

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