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Real-Time Interactive Troubleshooting and Assessment of Distance Lab Projects

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Laboratory Development in ECE II

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Electrical and Computer

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23.1023.1 - 23.1023.11



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Dale N. Buechler University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
ASEE Mathematics Division 2011 Distinguished Educator and Service Award
Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (UW-Platteville) 2009 – 2010
Electrical Engineering Department Assessment Chair (2008 – Present)
ASEE Mathematics Division Chair (2006-2007)
ASEE Mathematics Division Program Chair (2005-2006)

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Phil J Sealy Jr. University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Dr Sealy studied at UW-Madison where he earned the BS AMEP, MSEE, and PhD EE. He is currently the chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at UW-Platteville.

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John R Goomey University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Real-Time Interactive Troubleshooting and Assessment of Distance Lab ProjectsIn the fall of 2008, our electrical engineering (EE) program was expanded to allow engineeringstudents throughout the state to complete their four-year degree remotely. The lecture portion ofthese courses has been offered asynchronously using streaming-video (SV) technology toaccommodate the schedules of working students completing the program on a part-time basis.Our faculty have been trained in distance education and have utilized web-conferencing softwareto create office hours for remote students which are essentially equivalent to those provided tolocal students. All course content is website based.One of the strengths of our electrical engineering program has been the integration of hands-onlab work into all but one of our courses. In addition, design projects have been included inalmost all our junior and senior EE coursework. Up until recently, all this distance lab work hadbeen facilitated by laboratory managers who have enabled students to complete their lab work attheir nearest two-year university system school. This working student friendly program hasbeen successful and has resulted in steady growth of our distance education program.With more SV students entering the upper-division courses and with the limited availability oflab managers, our faculty and staff have been moving to a new model for off-campus laboratorysupport. This paper describes the first phases of the transition of our distance laboratories frombeing lab-manager centered to a distance environment in which instructors, through the use oftechnology, can remotely assist students with troubleshooting and provide feedback. Thisapproach also allows for the real-time interactive assessment of student lab work in a mannersimilar to that which is used on main campus for face-to-face instruction.

Buechler, D. N., & Sealy, P. J., & Goomey, J. R. (2013, June), Real-Time Interactive Troubleshooting and Assessment of Distance Lab Projects Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22408

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