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Experiences in Cross-Teaching within a Distance Education Environment

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2013 ASEE International Forum


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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Reception & Poster Session

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21.24.1 - 21.24.15



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Chi N. Thai University of Georgia

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C. N. Thai is an Associate Professor for the College of Engineering at UGA. He teaches courses in Robotics, Machine Vision and Systems Simulation. His main research areas are in Robotics and Spectral Imaging applications for plant health and quality characterization of agricultural products, and also in Human Robot Interactions within Theatrical Environments.

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Yan-Fu Kuo


Ping-Lang Yen National Taiwan University

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Dr. Ping-Lang Yen was born in 1966. He Received B.S. degree from Dept. of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, M.S. degree from Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, and PhD. degree from Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London in 1998, 1990 and 1996 respectively. He joined Acer Peripheral Incorporation from 1997 to 1999. Currently, he is an associate professor of Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering, National Taiwan University. His research interests are medical robotics, computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery and computer-assisted breast cancer diagnosis.

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Experiences in Cross-Teaching within a Distance Education Environment A project-based course in Robotics was created to serve as anengineering elective for both a US University (USU) and an East-AsianUniversity (EAU). It was implemented during the Spring and Fall 2012semesters with a total of 27 students from both Universities. It wasdesigned around 4-5 projects with lectures and laboratory demonstrationsperformed by the instructors (from both sides) to provide necessarybackground materials for students to carry on successfully with theirchosen projects. The major difficulties were the differences in the startdate and duration of the respective courses at each university andprevented our attempt to synchronize student progress and interaction.The "technical" issues turned out to be easily solved by each side usingsimilar hardware and software. The instructional materials were sharedvia classroom capture and webcasting technologies: recordings of livelectures from either university were re-purposed to accommodate the flowand topical differences in the materials taught and frequency of classweekly attendance - twice a week for USU students and once a week for FEUstudents. We also had found the necessity to change the instructor-student interaction method as EAU students were less comfortable ininteracting directly with the USU instructor. Student surveys at bothuniversities showed strong enthusiasm for the Project-Based Learningapproach. Differences in student motivation and project quality werefound between the 2 universities, perhaps as an unplanned consequence ofthe differences in how each university provided the students access tothe robotic hardware and software components.

Thai, C. N., & Kuo, Y., & Yen, P. (2013, June), Experiences in Cross-Teaching within a Distance Education Environment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--17229

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