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Technology And Learning Objects In The Engineering Technology Classroom

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



Conference Session

Engaging Students in Learning

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Engineering Technology

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15.1197.1 - 15.1197.7



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Ronald Rockland New Jersey Institute of Technology

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RONALD H. ROCKLAND is Chair of the Department of Engineering Technology and a Professor of Engineering Technology and Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He received a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in bioengineering and electrical engineering from New York University in 1967, 1969 and 1972 respectively. He also received an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of St. Thomas in 1977. He is a 2000 award winner in Excellence in Teaching for NJIT, a 2004 recipient of the F.J. Berger award from ASEE, and the past chair of the Master Teacher’s committee. Dr. Rockland has over 25 years of industrial experience in research, engineering, marketing and sales management with several high technology corporations.

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Howard Kimmel New Jersey Institute of Technology

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HOWARD KIMMEL is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Executive Director of the Center
for Pre-College Programs at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has spent the past thirty
years designing and implementing professional development programs and curricula for K-12
teachers in science and technology. At the college level, he collaborates on projects exploring teaching methodologies and assessment strategies in first-year college courses in the sciences,engineering, and computer science.

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Linda Hirsch New Jersey Institute of Technology

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LINDA S. HIRSCH is the Program Evaluator in the Center for Pre-College programs. She has a
doctoral degree in educational psychology with a specialty in psychometrics and a Masters degree
in statistics. She has been involved in all aspects of educational and psychological research for 15 years. Dr. Hirsch has extensive experience conducting longitudinal research studies and is
proficient in database management, experimental design, instrument development, psychometrics
and statistical programming.

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John Carpinelli New Jersey Institute of Technology

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JOHN D. CARPINELLI is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of
the Center for Pre-College Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has served as
coordinator of activities at NJIT for the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition and as a
member of the Coalition's Governing Board. He previously chaired NJIT's Excellence in
Teaching Awards Committee and is past chair of the University Master Teacher Committee.

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Levelle Burr-Alexander New Jersey Institute of Technology

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LEVELLE BURR-ALEXANDER is Director for TRIO programs and project manager for the
Medibotics program. She has spent the past twenty years designing and implementing STEM
programs for 6-12 teachers, students and their parents.

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Technology and Learning Objects in the Engineering Technology Classroom


There was a time when using technology in the classroom meant showing PowerPoint slides. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in different technologies and computer applications that have enabled instructors to provide additional learning outside the classroom, to provide videos of teacher classroom instruction as well as additional lectures beyond the es.

However, following the same pedagogical approach as used in a traditional face to face classroom setting is not the best use of this technology. Too often, faculty use some of the newer technologies to video their entire classroom lecture, with the idea that students will learn by viewing an hour or two worth of material. A better approach is to combine these technologies with the concept of learning objects, which are digital resources that can be used and re-used to support student learning.

This paper will describe the implementation of a learning object model in an upper division circuit analysis course within an Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program. The course is taught face to face, and the instructor had been teaching it for over 12 years. By utilizing the learning object model, assessments of each learning object were developed, relating each learning object to various student work homework, lab reports, tests and presentations. PowerPoint was used to create the material for each learning object, and both Multisim 10.1 and Mathtype 6.5 were used to create the visuals and equations. Camtasia Relay was used to create the videos for each learning object, and they were stored in the school portion of iTunes University. A course management system (Moodle) was used to establish out-of-class communication among students and between the instructor and students. The instructor also used Moodle to post links to the learning object videos and to provide additional support materials.

Examples of these learning objects will be shown in this paper, as well as the problems and the amount of effort involved in developing and creating these earning objects. The paper will also describe the assessment of this concept related to increasing student learning.


Instructional delivery and the use of technology have changed over the years. Faculty need to identify effective strategies that could improve and strengthen academic programs in order to meet the learning needs of all students, especially the Net Generation students1. While technology at one time meant an overhead projector, over the last decade typical technology use in the classroom revolved around PowerPoint slides of class lessons. However, there have been recent advances, both in software, hardware and Internet delivery that allow a next generation of videos to enhance learning in the classroom.

Rockland, R., & Kimmel, H., & Hirsch, L., & Carpinelli, J., & Burr-Alexander, L. (2010, June), Technology And Learning Objects In The Engineering Technology Classroom Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--15736

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