June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
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Lessons from Teaching Engineering Economy as a Hybrid On-Line Course Using WebCT
Phillip R. Rosenkrantz, Ed.D, P.E.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
This paper summarizes the results of research and lessons learned in teaching Engineering Economy on-line as part of the "Collaborative On-line Learning and Teaching" (COLT) Program at Cal Poly Pomona. Based on research proposals, twelve faculty members were chosen from across the campus to teach existing traditional courses as on-line courses and compare on-line results to results from traditional teaching formats. The author's proposal to teach Engineering Economy (EGR 403 Capital Allocation Theory) was accepted. To prepare for teaching on-line, all participants engaged in a summer-long on-line course in collaborative, on-line teaching, a one- week course in Dreamweaver (web page development and management software), and a one- week course in WebCT. Release time was provided to prepare on-line materials. This paper discusses the teaching strategies and learning activities used, testing strategies, communication methods, learning results, and the strengths and weaknesses of WebCT as an on-line web hosting system.
The paper is organized into the following five parts:
1. Introduction 2. On-line teaching options, strategies, and considerations 3. Teaching strategies and learning activities for Engineering Economy 4. Strengths and weaknesses of the WebCT course management system 5. Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations
Part 1 - Introduction
The author has been using web-related technologies to assist with teaching since 1997. From 1997 through Spring 2002 the primary on-line technologies used were internet search engines, course web pages, and email. In Fall 2002 and Winter 2003, WebCT was also incorporated at varying levels of usage for teaching engineering economy. For the 2002-2003 academic year the author was involved with a campus research program call the "Collaborative On-line Learning and Teaching" (COLT) Program. Twelve faculty members who submitted acceptable proposals were part of a campus research project to work collaboratively and explore how on-line teaching and learning could be used and whether there could be measurable benefit to the campus community. Results were documented and presented to the campus community.
Part 2 - On-line Teaching Options, Strategies, and Considerations
There are many new books and articles that talk about on-line teaching and learning in higher education. One very excellent article talks about the usage of web technology as a
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Rosenkrantz, P. (2003, June), Lessons From Teaching Engineering Economy As A Hybrid Online Course Using Webct Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11646
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