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Perception and Preferences of Faculty for Online Learning

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Frontiers in EM Education

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Engineering Management

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22.1151.1 - 22.1151.20



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Ertunga C. Ozelkan University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Ertunga C. Ozelkan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and the Associate Director of the Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before joining academia, Dr. Ozelkan worked for i2 Technologies, a leading supply chain software vendor and for Tefen USA, a systems design and industrial engineering consulting firm. Dr. Ozelkan holds a Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. He teaches courses on supply chain management, lean systems, decision analysis, and systems design and optimization. His current research interests are the modeling of supply chains and production planning systems, and their applications in different industries.

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Agnes Galambosi University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Agnes Galambosi has a Ph.D. in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She is currently employed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching several engineering courses.

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Perception and Preferences of Faculty for Online LearningAbstract“Online learning now depends more on the ability of educators and trainers to tutor and supportlearners online than on the technology itself.” Dr. Ian Heywood, 2000 World Open LearningConference and Exhibition, Birmingham, England.Online learning has been widely accepted as a growth strategy for degree programs since it canalso attract working adults by providing convenience and flexibility both in terms of location andscheduling. As in the design of any system, customers’ (i.e. students’) needs should come firstfor a successful program implementation. On the other hand, often a secondary or neglectedaspect is the needs and preferences of faculty for teaching online classes.The purpose of this study is to assess the perception of faculty towards online courses comparedto the traditional on-campus courses, and to understand their preferences for different onlinecourse delivery techniques. Differences between different disciplines including EngineeringManagement are also analyzed here along with other factors such as previous exposure to onlinelearning and demographics of the faculty. The results of a survey study conducted among facultyare presented here to answer these research questions. The results show that there are variationsamong disciplines and demography, thus an online learning program needs to be designed toaddress not only the needs of different types of learners from different engineering disciplinesbut also preferences of faculty. We are going to also report some of the initial experiences of arecent Online MS Degree in Engineering Management that was established as a strategic growthinitiative at the University of X.

Ozelkan, E. C., & Galambosi, A. (2011, June), Perception and Preferences of Faculty for Online Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18616

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