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Scalable Synchronous Cohort-based International Education

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Online and Professional Graduate Programs

Tagged Division

Graduate Studies

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Diversity

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11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35177

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https://strategy.asee.org/35177

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Tilman Wolf University of Massachusetts, Amherst Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0449-0441

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Tilman Wolf is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As Associate Dean of Engineering, he led major initiatives in the College of Engineering, including the establishment of a new Department of Biomedical Engineering and its degree programs, implementation of a new cohort-based distance education M.S. program, and development of a training program for graduate students who teach the college-wide freshman seminar. He is engaged in research and teaching in the areas of computer networks, cybersecurity, and embedded systems.

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C. V. Hollot University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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C.V. Hollot received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1984 after which he
joined the ECE Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he is presently Department Head. His research interests are in the theory and application of feedback control.

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Russell Tessier University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Russell Tessier received the B.S. degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1989, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 1992 and 1999, respectively. He is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His current research interests include computer architecture and field-programmable devices.

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George Bryan Polivka Shorelight

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Bryan Polivka is currently the Senior Director for Shorelight Education, focused on instructional design and learning architecture. He has helped schools, universities, corporations, and nonprofits with strategy and strategically positioned product. He and his teams have built online, hybrid, and live distance programs for and with a long list of universities including UMass Amherst, Harvard, Wharton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, the University of Liverpool, and Universidad del Valle de Mexico. Awards include Most Significant Achievement from the US Distance Learning Association, and a national Emmy for a documentary he wrote and produced.

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Yadi Eslami University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Dr. Yadi Eslami is a senior lecturer at the ECE department of UMASS Amherst. He is the coordinator and an instructor of the Field Degree program. Before joining UMASS Amherst he has been an assistant professor at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. His industrial experience includes working as a design engineer at DRAM R&D, Micron Technologies Inc., Boise, Idaho, and as a system design engineer at SciTech AAG, Inc., in Toronto, Ontario. He has several articles and presentations in refereed journals and conferences and holds four patents on DRAM and FeRAM circuits. His research interests are reconfigurable processor architectures, special-purpose processors, embedded systems, and VLSI memories.

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Abstract

In the highly competitive market for international graduate students, universities have aimed to reach students via asynchronous online programs or by establishing branch campuses. To address the quality concerns and costs of these approaches, recent work has demonstrated a novel instructional technology that enables synchronous, interactive instruction to international students. In this work, we report on our efforts to increase the scalability of this approach. Specifically, we present our new approach of teaching synchronously to multiple classrooms in parallel and to multiple students who use their own devices. This paper presents the instructional environment from the instructor and student perspectives and discusses the interactions that are possible within an instructional cohort. The enrollment data show that the scalability of these approaches has caused a shift of all instruction in our program to these new instructional modes.

Wolf, T., & Hollot, C. V., & Tessier, R., & Polivka, G. B., & Eslami, Y. (2020, June), Scalable Synchronous Cohort-based International Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35177

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