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Quality Matters: Development of an Online Course Shell for Quality-Control Courses

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Distance Learning in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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Nabin Sapkota Northwestern State University of Louisiana Orcid 16x16

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Nabin Sapkota is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Northwestern State University. He received a B. E. degree in Production/Industrial Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL, USA). He has a diverse expertise in the areas of Operations Research, Simulation, Quality Engineering, and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems. He previously worked on projects related to dynamic routing of emergency vehicles, modeling consumer sensitivity for product design and perceived usability, dynamic control charts in statistical process control, application of evolving self-organizing maps, etc. His current research interests include prediction of nonlinear chaotic system involving human emotion in social media, difference in muscular exertion in different ethnic workers in automobile industries, simulation, and advanced application of statistical techniques. Dr. Sapkota is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Educators face several challenges while teaching online courses. Some of the challenges are design of course contents, delivery method, and effective communication. The objective of this paper is to explain transformation process of an industrial engineering technology course which has traditionally been taught in the classroom environment to online courses. The methodology used for this transformation is the guidelines and standards outlined in Quality MattersTM (QM) Rubric which is a national benchmark for online course design. The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric has a set of 8 general standards and 43 specific review standards. Out of these 43 specific review standards, 21 are considered essential and each standard is worth 3 points, 14 are considered very important and each standard is worth 2 points and remaining 8 are considered important and each is worth 1 point. Any an online course to be effective course should have minimum overall evaluation score of 84 when evaluated by QM Peer Reviewers. In this paper, taking quality control course as an example, how technical engineering course can be developed as an effective online course has been explained. Quality control course is a mandatory course in all undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and industrial engineering technology programs.

Sapkota, N. (2016, June), Quality Matters: Development of an Online Course Shell for Quality-Control Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26022

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