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Successful Administration Of A Distance Learning Program

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Issues for ET Administrators

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7.1038.1 - 7.1038.7



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Myrna Swanberg

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Daniel Solarek

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Allen Rioux

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Successful Administration of a Distance Learning Program: CSET Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Dan Solarek, Professor and Chairman Allen Rioux, Director of Online Services Myrna Swanberg, Academic Program Coordinator The University of Toledo

Abstract This paper focuses on the issues facing the department head that relate to the emergence and management of a highly successful distance-learning program in an engineering technology department. Should your engineering technology unit develop distance learning courses, certificates, and degrees? If so, how can the ET department head motivate faculty to become involved? How is the development of course materials funded? How are faculty compensated? What about training, software and hardware resources? What expertise is needed? How can both faculty and administrators balance on-campus and online courses with respect to faculty workload? What are the issues related to assessment and accreditation? Specific answers to these questions and others are provided as they apply to The University of Toledo's highly successful degree-completion program, a program which uses web-based courses to provide place-bound community college EET graduates access to its bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and Engineering Technology (CSET).

This paper is not about the many issues related to teaching an effective distance learning class, rather it is about how to start, grow, and manage a distance-learning program in an engineering technology department with limited departmental and institutional resources.

Introduction The Computer Science and Engineering Technology (CSET) program began at The University of Toledo in January of 1999. It is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree offered through the Department of Engineering Technology, which is one of six academic departments within the College of Engineering. The program has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700.

The CSET program is hands-on education that includes hardware and software aspects of computer design, computer networks, and computer applications programming. Computer design emphasizes the structure of computers and requires expertise in computational applications, digital design, microcomputer systems and computer architectures. Computer networking emphasizes the assembly of individual computers into a network environment and requires knowledge of network hardware and software protocols. Computer applications programming emphasizes the use of computer software in engineering technology and requires both low-level and high-level programming techniques, the use of mathematical algorithms, and a general knowledge of computer operating systems. The CSET program provides students with an in-depth understanding of computer hardware and software at the machine and system level.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright c 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Swanberg, M., & Solarek, D., & Rioux, A. (2002, June), Successful Administration Of A Distance Learning Program Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10706

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