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Issues In Online Courses For Computer Graphics

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Curriculum Development and Applications

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Engineering Design Graphics

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12.992.1 - 12.992.10



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Kim Nankivell Purdue University-Calumet

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Jana Whittington Purdue University-Calumet

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Joy Colwell Purdue University-Calumet

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Issues in Online Courses for Computer Graphics Abstract

In this paper, the authors will explore issues in the development of hybrid and online courses for the computer graphics technology field. Course design issues will be explored, as well as course management issues. The authors will use the various online courses which they have developed in the discipline to illustrate design and management concerns. The authors will use their experiences in the development of online courses to illustrate these issues, and also refer to the Quality Matters rubric for assessing quality in online courses. The practical concerns which are inherent in a qualitative field will also be reviewed, since computer graphics technology incorporates design and art standards as well as technological mastery. Issues discussed include considerations and methods for submission of portfolio materials, and how students can perform qualitative assessment of their own and others’ work


Purdue University Calumet (PUC) is a regional campus of Purdue University which is located in the northwest part of the state in Hammond, Indiana, a highly urban area of the state. The campus serves about 9,100 students and is primarily a commuter campus, although it has some residential housing. The student population consists of about half traditional students and about half non-traditional returning students. Both the Computer Graphics Technology program and the Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) program are part of the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies and Supervision (METS) Department on the Calumet Campus.

The Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) program at PUC was begun in 2000, and has grown exponentially in the last six years, as have CGT programs throughout the country.

CGT Annual Growth

250 218 200 193

150 132 112 100

63 50 49

12 0 Fall 2000 Fall 2001 Fall 2002 Fall 2003 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006

CGT students

Table 1. CGT Annual Growth at PUC by number of Majors

Nankivell, K., & Whittington, J., & Colwell, J. (2007, June), Issues In Online Courses For Computer Graphics Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2084

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