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Technology Education E-Learning Model: The South Carolina Partnership

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Assessment Methods and Learning Pedagogy II

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Engineering Technology

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22.1418.1 - 22.1418.15



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Melissa I. Zelaya Clemson University

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Melissa I. Zelaya is a doctoral candidate at Clemson University. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2005.

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Melissa Dorlette-Paul Clemson University


Elaine L. Craft Florence-Darlington Technical College

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Elaine L. Craft, M.B.A. (University of South Carolina) and B.S. Chemical Engineering (University of Mississippi), has served as Director of the South Carolina Advanced Technological (SC ATE) Center of Excellence since 1994. Currently, she is also a Co-PI for the SC ATE National Resource Center for Expanding Excellence in Technician Education. Craft is also founder and President of SCATE Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation created to promote systemic change in Advanced Technological Education and help sustain the SC ATE Center of Excellence.

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Anand K. Gramopadhye Clemson University

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Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye’s research focuses on solving human-machine systems design problems and modeling human performance in technologically complex systems such as health care, aviation and manufacturing. He has more than 200 publications in these areas, and his research has been funded by NIH, NASA, NSF, FAA, DOE, and private companies.
Currently, he and his students at the Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory are pursuing cutting-edge research on the role of visualization and virtual reality in aviation maintenance, hybrid inspection and job-aiding, technology to support STEM education and, more practically, to address information technology and process design issues related to delivering quality health care.
As the Department Chair, he has been involved in the initiation of programmatic initiatives that have resulted in significant growth in the Industrial Engineering Program, situating it in the forefront both nationally and internationally. These include the Online Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering Program, the Endowed Chairs Program in Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics Institute and the Clemson Institute for Supply Chain and Optimization and the Center for Excellence in Quality.
For his success, he has been recognized by the NAE through the Frontiers in Engineering Program, and he has received the College’s Collaboration Award and the McQueen Quattlebaum Award, which recognizes faculty for their outstanding research. In addition, Dr. Gramopadhye serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and on the editorial board for several other journals.

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Carey W. Castle Greenville Technical College

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Technology Education E-Learning Model: The South Carolina Partnership Melissa I. Zelaya1, Melissa Dorlette-Paul1, Thashika Rupasinghe1, Elaine Craft2, Carey Castle3, Barry Franco4, Anand Gramopadhye1Recently, there has been a steadily growing movement for a more mobile and self-pacededucation received in virtual E-Schools. To most, this is an attractive option as it allows theflexibility of holding a day job, traveling, supporting a family and advancing one’s education allin unison. However, few of these programs have focused on STEM education. Meeting thisneed, a synergistic partnership in South Carolina has emerged to create an National ScienceFoundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) regional center for aircraft andautomotive education aptly named CA2VES (Center for Aviation and Automotive TechnologyEducation using Virtual E-Schools). The CA2VES initiative is designed to meet workforce needsdemanded by the more than 200 automotive-related and 160 aviation-related companies inSouth Carolina. As these companies drive the demand, the South Carolina Partnership agreesthat they should also influence their workforce curriculum. Therefore, the new TechnologyEducation E-Learning Model proposed will focus on the involvement of industry during thedevelopment and assessment of Aviation and Automotive (A2) curriculum to generate aworkforce that is prepared to meet the requirements of regional A2 companies. Additionally,CA2VES will work to introduce new visualization and simulation tools (virtual reality, 3-D, etc) ofnext generation technologies to enhance personalized learning. Industry, however, is merelyone component of this strong partnership. CA2VES has brought together a South Carolina four-year institution, ten South Carolina two-year institutions, several South Carolina K-12 educationpartners, and three well recognized regional ATE center partners in the country. CA2VES willaim to disseminate curriculum and faculty development materials for two-year institutions,disseminate recruitment materials to high-school and career centers, and hold webinars toprovide information about ongoing center work. These efforts will culminate in creating a SC-A2network (and later a national network) for the advancement of aviation and automotivetechnology education.1 Clemson University in Clemson, SC2 Florence-Darlington Technical College and SC ATE in Florence, SC3 Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC4 Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC

Zelaya, M. I., & Dorlette-Paul, M., & Craft, E. L., & Gramopadhye, A. K., & Castle, C. W. (2011, June), Technology Education E-Learning Model: The South Carolina Partnership Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18652

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