June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.1175.1 - 10.1175.10
Successful On-line Delivery of Industrial Engineering Courses
Edward Wheeler, Robert LeMaster Department of Engineering The University of Tennessee at Martin
Abstract This paper describes the web-based, asynchronous delivery of two industrial engineering courses, Industrial Safety and Human Factors in Engineering. These courses were developed and are taught using Blackboard by faculty of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Engineering Department for the University of Tennessee New College. Web-based instruction that combines homework, tests/quizzes, and discussion topics to successfully teach these two courses is described. Examples of the various evaluative instruments are presented along with a discussion of some of the practical issues associated with creating and maintaining this particular instructional delivery system. A brief background on the development of the courses is presented along with a sampling of comments from student evaluations of the courses.
Background The Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) degree originally was offered as an area of concentration within the University of Tennessee at Martin’s School of Arts and Sciences. As a result of reorganization of the academic units in 2000, this program was developed into an independent degree program under the direction of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs. The BUS is an individualized degree program. It was created to meet the needs of the non-traditional student and others whose educational objectives were not met by traditional degree programs. The degree was approved by the Faculty Senate in Spring 2000 and implemented in the fall of that year.
Concurrently, The University of Tennessee (UT) System offered The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) the opportunity to provide the initial degree program through UT New College. The BUS degree was selected as the means through which the UT New College could begin offering bachelor’s degrees off-campus to students at convenient times and places. Because of the low number of Tennesseans holding a post secondary degree and a new emphasis placed on higher education degrees by the state, the primary focus of the UT New College was to help Tennessee citizens complete a college degree.
The New College Committee, consisting of a group of UTM faculty and administrators, was appointed and directed to develop an implementation plan to offer BUS courses via the Internet. The committee was also charged with developing a budget and a selection process for the initial on-line courses to be offered in Fall 2001.
The UT System provided funding for the development of 10 courses each year for three years--a total of 30 courses. A faculty member was to be paid $8,000 to develop a course, $4,000 at the “Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright© 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”
Wheeler, E., & LeMaster, R. (2005, June), Successful On Line Delivery Of Industrial Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15102
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