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Improving an online STEM Course through Quality Matters Certification - A Case Study

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Understanding Student Development in Design

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Design in Engineering Education

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Hong Wang University of Toledo

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Dr. Hong Wang is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Technology program in the Department of Engineering Technology in the University of Toledo. He received his M.A and Ph.D in Computer Science from Kent State University (Kent, OH, USA). His research has covered parallel system design, smart building design, unmanned vehicle navigation under GPS denied environment and secure robot communications. His recent research interests are in data science field and STEM education.

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Online STEM teaching is challenging in many ways such as instructor student interaction, clarity in expectations or effectiveness in content delivery. As an effort to better understand and find possible solutions to these issues, the author applied for Quality Matters (QM) certification for a database systems course to improve online course quality. In the process of trying to obtain QM certification, the author was not only able to improve the look and feel of the online course but more importantly, also improved online course content as a result of applying QM rubrics and standards. The objectives in the course also support objectives created in the department for ABET accreditation. This paper describes how QM certification helped the instructor to setup an easy to use blackboard site, clear objectives, grading rubrics and assessment methods. Specific module improvements presented in this paper includes teaching software tools, video tutorials that support course objectives and grading rubrics. Comparative study results are presented showing significant learning outcome improvements. The paper aims to offer a new angle for educators to look for ways to improve STEM online teaching.

Wang, H. (2018, June), Improving an online STEM Course through Quality Matters Certification - A Case Study Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30629

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