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How Educational Institutions can Handle More Students with Fewer Faculty Members

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Faculty Tools

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Computers in Education

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22.784.1 - 22.784.13



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Carolyn Kusbit Dunn East Carolina University

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Carolyn Dunn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University. She teaches technical writing both face to face and online.

Dunn has a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Technical and Professional Discourse. Her research interests are organizational communication, crisis communication and language and power.

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David L. Batts East Carolina University

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David Batts, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University. His career experiences include industrial consulting and managing an outreach center. His research interests include Distance education quality, delivery, and instructional strategies and promoting opportunities and leadership in STEM fields.

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Sandra Lee Friend East Carolina University

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Ms Friend, a member of the East Carolina University College of Technology and Computer Science faculty for fourteen years has been significantly involved in the development of online courses. She has assisted other faculty in transitioning on campus courses to online courses and is currently working to improve course quality and student learning assessment.

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Preparation for Online Teaching and Actual Practices for Technology- Oriented CoursesHow does a university make room for an increase in enrollment of online students inrequired courses without sacrificing content and quality? Hiring adjunct faculty to teachadditional sections of the required course is a practical answer, but many times, thiscourse of action can result in differing content and grading standards across sections. Inaddition, the current economic climate has put pressure on universities to cut budgetswithout reducing enrollment and services. This paper discusses the results and lessonslearned of a pilot project on the scalability of online classes to handle the increasinggrowth in online enrollment. Based on a University of North Carolina System GeneralAdministration funded pilot project, a delivery model for large online courses wasdeveloped to address the demand for online courses while maintaining the standard ofquality instruction across sections. This paper examines the delivery model that wasdeveloped, cost effectiveness of the delivery model, quality assurance implementation,and lessons learned.

Dunn, C. K., & Batts, D. L., & Friend, S. L. (2011, June), How Educational Institutions can Handle More Students with Fewer Faculty Members Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18065

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