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Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty Teaching and Student Learning

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 4

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Mudasser Fraz Wyne National University

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Dr Wyne has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Engineering, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Currently he serves as Professor of Computer Science at College of Professional Studies, National University. He is the Academic Program Director (APD) for MS in Computer Science and have also been APD for MS in Information Technology Management, BS in Information Systems, and MS in Database Administration programs. His association with ABET USA dates back to 2001, as a certified program evaluator for BS in Computer Science and BSc in Information Systems. He has also served as the Commissioner for the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC). Previously, Dr. Wyne have taught in 6 different countries for over 32 years andhas been privileged to be part of the DESY Group (Deutches Elecktronen Synchrotron), Hamburg Germany, as a research fellow, and worked with an MIT group, led by a Nobel laureate.

On the research side, Dr. Wyne have been fortunate enough to secure number of grants and have served on numerous international Ph.D. Thesis committees, been a member of the editorial boards for 7 international journals, and served as the Chair and Co-Chair for 12 international conferences. For recognition of his research activities, have been invited to number of international conferences as Invited Speaker, chaired panel discussions and numerous international conference sessions. He has served on more than 220 international conference program committees. Furthermore, he has published number of articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. He is an active member of ACM, ASEE, ASEE/PSW and CSAB.

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Shakil Akhtar Clayton State University

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Dr. Shakil Akhtar is currently Professor of IT and Computer Science at Clayton State University. Before this he was the IT Department head from July 2007 to December 2008. He was a Professor in the College of Information Technology at UAE University from 2002 to 2007 (Interim Dean 2002-03). During 2000 to 2002, he was a Performance and Simulation Engineer at Lucent Technologies in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for performance analysis and simulation of telecommunications equipment including third generation mobile systems. His prior work experience includes Computer Science/Engineering Departments at Central Michigan University, University of Toledo, and King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. His main research interests are Reliability Modeling, Performance Modeling, Cybersecurity, CS/IT Education and Simulation of Computer Networks. He has a wide teaching experience that includes undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Networks, Reliability, Performance Modeling, Simulation, Programming (Java, Visual Basic and C++), Computer Architecture and Digital System Design. He has a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Computer Engineering, and M.S. and B.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and University of Peshawar, respectively.

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Muhammad Asadur Rahman Clayton State University

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Muhammad Asadur Rahman is a professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Computing and Information Science, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Dr. Rahman has worked as a chemical engineer at a urea fertilizer factory, after which he pursued a career as a software developer in the securities industry. He worked for 13 years at the Chicago Stock Exchange developing real-time trading software. Since receiving his Ph.D. in the year 2000, Dr. Rahman pursued a career as an educator and taught at Illinois Tech, University of West Georgia, and finally at Clayton State University. Dr. Rahman is passionate about teaching and cares about student learning. His research interests include computation linguistics, bioinformatics, and computer science education.

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The year 2020 started with the corona virus outbreak which had life-changing consequences for nearly all aspects of human life, including businesses, academics, office work, and personal interactions. Almost all activities that are deemed non-essential have become remote, relying heavily on online interfaces, and this virtual lifestyle has now been referred to as a “New Normal” for people everywhere. Academic institutions have been particularly impacted, with the pandemic disrupting the way colleges and universities hold classes and interact with students. Most institutions have cancelled in-person classes and switched to online-only instructions, and this sudden change mid-semester from the spring of 2020 has posed difficult challenges both for the teaching faculty and students. In this paper, we discuss the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning for students who were registered for onsite classes but had to switch to online offerings. How did they respond to this change, did they perform better or worse? How were the faculty who taught these courses impacted? In what ways did instructors have to adjust their teaching styles? This research compares student performance and success rates across various courses in response to online teaching and discusses shifts in teaching methods required of faculty during this transition.

Wyne, M. F., & Akhtar, S., & Rahman, M. A. (2021, July), Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty Teaching and Student Learning Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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