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Moodle as a Course Management System: It Isn’t Just for Distance Learning

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Multimedia and Distance Learning

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Engineering Technology

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22.1078.1 - 22.1078.7



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Ronald H. Rockland New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. Ronald H. Rockland received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in bioengineering and electrical engineering from New York University in 1967, 1969 and 1972 respectively. He also received an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of St.Thomas in 1977.

He started his industrial career in Newark, NJ, establishing the biomedical engineering department at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 1970. He has almost 25 years of industrial experience in research, engineering, marketing and sales management and general management with several high technology corporations in the medical device and scientific instrumentation areas. Prior to joining New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology, he was an adjunct professor in marketing for eight years with County College of Morris and Bergen Community College.

He is Chair and Professor of Engineering Technology at NJIT, with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering, and holds the designation of Master Teacher. Prior to that, since 2002, he was the Associate Dean for the Newark College of Engineering. Dr. Rockland has over 50 conference and journal publications in the area of engineering outreach to the K-12 community and in biomedical research, and holds five patents in the biomedical area.

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Howard S. Kimmel New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. Kimmel is Professor of Chemical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has been Executive Driector for the Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT for over 30 years. Dr. Kimmel has had numerous NSF grants and State grants focusing on professional development, curriculum, and assessment. In addition, he is a member of the assessment committee for Chemical Engineering.

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John D. Carpinelli New Jersey Institute of Technology

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John D. Carpinelli is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Pre-College Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has served as coordinator of activities at NJIT for the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition and as a member of the Coalition's Governing Board. He previously chaired NJIT's Excellence in Teaching Awards Committee and is past chair of the University Master Teacher Committee.

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Moodle as a Course Management System – It isn’t just for Distance LearningMoodle, WebCT, Blackboard and Sakai are examples of course management systems that havebeen traditionally used for distance learning classes. In fact, the Moodle website( states that “Moodle is a course management system designed to helpeducators who want to create quality online courses.” However, these systems can be effectivelyused for face to face teaching, and can enhance the learning process for these types of courses.Moodle has been used for two years in three Electrical and Computer Engineering Technologycourses, one of which is a capstone project course and one of which is a lab based course. Thepaper will describe the attributes of this course management systems, and how it can beeffectively incorporated into a face to face course. Some of the attributes that will be describedin this paper include: Students can upload assignments, and be able to see their grade, comments from the instructor, and have their assignments stored Students can review their grades on all assignments and exams, and understand if there are missing assignments Students can be part of chat rooms, even though the class is face to face Additional meetings with students, outside the normal class hours, can be accomplished through use of a product called Wimba, which is a collaborative learning software application that seamlessly works with MoodleThe paper will include specific examples of how these, and other attributes of this coursemanagement system, were used in lecture, lab based and senior project Electrical and ComputerEngineering courses. The paper will also discuss how using this type of course managementsystem can assist in transitioning a face to face course to either a hybrid format or a fullydistance learning format.

Rockland, R. H., & Kimmel, H. S., & Carpinelli, J. D. (2011, June), Moodle as a Course Management System: It Isn’t Just for Distance Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18648

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