San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.751.1 - 25.751.13
Improving student learning in distance based graduate program: a case of residency course Abstract: Distance based programs are growing rapidly over the past two decades. The growing market for distance based programs can be attributed to the globalized competition in the labor market, as well as the widespread availability of Internet access. Prior studies show that the online based degree programs are increasing at a pace of 40% annually, generating billions of dollars for the universities and the other institutes of higher learning. These programs have now expanded beyond traditional distance based disciplines such as liberal arts and business schools to technical programs like engineering and technologies. While the growth in distance based education has created a new opportunity for the educational institutes, it has also brought up new challenges in providing the same level of learning experience to the online students as that to the traditional in‐class students. In this paper, we present a case study of distance based graduate program in Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution department. It primarily focuses on a week‐long project‐based residency course. During the week, students work on a company‐sponsored real world project. At the end of the week the students present their analysis and results to faculty and industry executives based on which their performance is measured. In the paper, we first briefly describe the objectives, learning outcomes, and schedule of the course. Next, we present a case study of one animal health care distribution firm, which was used for 2011 class. The case study provides the problem statements, analysis methodologies, and the important results. The case study firm has already implemented a part of the recommendations. The paper also presents a survey of the residency class over the past four years with respect to its contribution to student learning. Our results show that the project based course enhances student learning better than the traditional topical based learning.
Nepal, B. P., & Capar, I., & Lawrence, B. (2012, June), Improving Student Learning in Distance-based Graduate Programs: A Residency Live Case Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21508
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