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TECS-TRAIN – A Faculty Mentoring Program for Enhancing Quality, Interaction, and Communication in Online and Blended Learning Courses

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Training and Support for NEEs

Tagged Division

New Engineering Educators

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

23.1162.1 - 23.1162.16

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https://peer.asee.org/22547

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26

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Te-Shun Chou East Carolina University

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Dr. Te-Shun Chou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University (ECU). He received his Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and both Master's degree and Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at Florida International University. His research interests include machine learning, wireless communications, and network security, especially intrusion detection and incident response.

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John Barry DuVall East Carolina University

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Dr. DuVall is a Full Professor and facilitator of TECS-TRAIN in the Department of Technology Systems at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. DuVall currently teaches online classes to practicing professionals at the undergraduate, Master’s and PhD levels in areas such as strategies for technology management and communication and industrial supervision. He served as Director of a NSF/ARPA/TRP research project called The Factory as a Learning Laboratory – A Practice-Based M.S. Degree Program for Black and Decker (U.S.) associates and defense industry scientists and engineers. In 1994 this led to the development of the first Internet programs for East Carolina University and the first online graduate degree programs in Industrial Technology in the nation. Dr. DuVall was also the Co-Director of OWLS (Online Wireless Learning Systems), a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Ericsson, and East Carolina University. When the OWLS project was completed, more than 40 different colleges, universities, professional organizations, and public schools had received OWLS training and tested materials and products that had been developed. DuVall received his M.S. degree in Industrial Technology from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. in Industrial Education and Technology from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Dr. DuVall received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Technology and Education from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. in Industrial Education and Technology from the University of Maryland. Dr. DuVall is the author or co-author of six textbooks, chapters in books, and many refereed articles. Two of his latest books, Co-authored with David R. Hillis, are: Improving Profitability Through Green Manufacturing: Creating a Profitable and Environmentally Compliant Manufacturing Facility, August 2012, (John Wiley and Sons Publishing Company, Inc.) and Manufacturing Processes—Materials, Lean Manufacturing and Productivity, August 2011 (Goodheart Willcox Inc.)

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Kamalesh Panthi East Carolina University

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Tijjani Mohammed East Carolina University

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Abstract

TECS-TRAIN – A Faculty Mentoring Program for Enhancing Quality, Interaction, and Communication in Online and Blended Learning CoursesAbstract“TECS-TRAIN” is a faculty peer mentoring program that was developed for the purpose ofadvancing standards of excellence and improving learning outcomes in all courses offered in theCollege of Technology and Computer Science (TECS) at XXX University. One of the majorreasons for developing TECS-TRAIN was an increasing emphasis on program standards and theneed to be well prepared for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation. This course is designed tohelp faculty correlate learning outcomes with university-wide and other discipline-specificstandards. We were particularly interested in improving collaboration, interaction, andcommunication in our courses.TECS-TRAIN was created by faculty for faculty and was designed to be a “living course” thatallows and encourages continuous improvement based on real life faculty experiences, as well asin step with technological developments. The course was first developed in the summer of 2011and is being refreshed each semester through completion of performance-based activities anddigital portfolios by faculty mentees completing the course and becoming certified as “TECS-TRAIN Mentors.” The course is “living” or regenerative because of the active involvement offaculty Mentor/Mentor teams completing learning portfolios and adding content based onnew/emerging technologies, as well as anecdotes based on their experiences and practice.During the development phase, an External Review Panel of Experts was established to validatethe course content and structure. In the spring of 2012 this panel reviewed the course andprovided feedback that was used for refinement. The course was implemented in the summer of2012 with a resounding success. This paper will present background information and rationalefor creating the course, major components of the course, results from external review and firstimplementation of the course, and our experiences during both the development and initialimplementation phases.

Chou, T., & DuVall, J. B., & Panthi, K., & Mohammed, T. (2013, June), TECS-TRAIN – A Faculty Mentoring Program for Enhancing Quality, Interaction, and Communication in Online and Blended Learning Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22547

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