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Laboratory Oriented Distance Learning

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Instrumentation and Laboratory Systems

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8.802.1 - 8.802.6



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Lisa Anneberg

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Ece Yaprak

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Ece Yaprak Division of Engineering Technology Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan 48202 313-577-8075

Lisa Anneberg Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan 48075 248-204-2539


When university faculty are confronted with the prospect of converting their courses into distance learning, they are faced with a number of concerns, such as the audio/video quality of distance learning facility, the assessment of student learning, and how a laboratory-based class should be taught. Wayne State University’s Division of Engineering Technology offers the Advanced Digital Design course with a laboratory section through distance learning and faces these very challenges. This paper, describes the challenges of offering such a course, recommends solutions, and assesses student view on the effectiveness of learning in a distance-learning environment with a laboratory section.


With the advent of high-speed networking and its associated technology, traditional education is changing rapidly. Many universities are integrating the Internet to supplement traditional courses rather than replacing it or creating completely on-line classroom environments. However, the amount of time and expertise needed for creating such a course the very first time is enormous for the instructor. Recognizing this labor intensive process of converting traditional courses into distance learning, Wayne State University’s (WSU) Division of Engineering Technology (ET) give incentives, such as release time, to professors to create such courses. The release time allows instructors to learn the course-management software they will use and prepare the initial lecture slides required for the course. Currently, ET has three distance learning courses and one completely on-line course offerings.

A number of courseware-management systems are available to instructors to develop and deploy courses, such as Blackboard and WebCT. WSU supports Blackboard as a course-

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright @2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Anneberg, L., & Yaprak, E. (2003, June), Laboratory Oriented Distance Learning Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12500

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