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Smooth Transition from Face-to-Face to Fully Online Classes

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2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption"



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April 23, 2021

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April 23, 2021

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April 25, 2021

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Duc Hoai Tran CSULB

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I received my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ho Chi Minh International University (HCMIU) in 2009, and master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University Long Beach in 2013. I then received my Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrical Applied Mathematics from Claremont Graduate University in 2019.

My research is on the theory and application of internet of things (IoT), distributed optimization and control for cyber physical systems such as: smart grids, smart buildings. I’m also interested in applying digital signal processing techniques for detecting faults in power system.

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Hen-Geul Yeh

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Hen-Geul Yeh received the B.S. degree in engineering science from National Chen Kung University, Taiwan, ROC, in 1978, and the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine, in 1979 and 1982, respectively.
Since 1983, he has been with the Electrical Engineering department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), USA, and served as the department Chair since 2016. In addition to his technical and engineering excellence, he was selected as a NASA JPL Summer Faculty Fellow twice, in 1992 and 2003, respectively, and the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow in 2006. His research interests include DSP/Communication/Control algorithms development, and implementation using FPGA and digital signal processors. He has published more than 100 research papers on Signal Processing, Communications, Controls, and Smart Grids.
Dr. Yeh is a professional engineer in Electrical and is the recipient of five NASA Tech. Brief and New Technology awards from the NASA, the inventor’s award and other awards at the Aerospace Corporation, the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching award, College of Engineering, CSULB, 2007, the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award, CSULB, 2009, Outstanding Professor Award, CSULB, 2015, IEEE Region 6, and Outstanding Engineering Educator Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Education of Electrical Engineers in the Areas of Digital Signal Processing, Green Energy, and Smart Systems, 2019. He has received five US patents and patent applications in the area of Signal Processing, Communication and Controls. Since 2010, he has served as the organizer and Conference Chair of IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference (IGESSC).

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The Covid-19 pandemic had great impacts on the global higher education system. Most schools around the world have temporarily been closed in an attempt to stop the spread. In addition to transitioning from traditional face-to-face classes to hybrid or fully online classes, universities are also facing many challenges due to the economic degradation while seeking for ways to support their students, lecturers, professors, and employees. At the same time, students, lecturers, and professors need to quickly adapt to distance education since it is the most effective tool in keeping student retention and maintaining access to learning currently. It is true that distance education proposes challenges such as student interactive, technology issues, sense of isolation. It also raises doubt about satisfying the core reason of college or university experience in which students would like to enjoy each other ‘s company in many ways including social gatherings, sororities, fraternities and clubs. However, distance education offers accessibility of time and place, affordability, efficiency, and most importantly, stops the spread of Covid-19. This paper describes my real experiences and my teaching approach for fully online classes at the Electrical Engineering department of California State University Long Beach. It discusses how I achieved a successful transition from face-to-face education to fully online education, and how I overcame the difficulties of distance education by improving interactivity and engagement, maintaining academic integrity, and encouraging community building.

Tran, D. H., & Yeh, H. (2021, April), Smooth Transition from Face-to-Face to Fully Online Classes Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption", Virtual.

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