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The Development and Delivery of an Online Graduate Course: Lessons Learned and Future Direction

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Enhancing Engineering Management

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Engineering Management

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23.1183.1 - 23.1183.11



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Garth V Crosby Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Dr. Garth V. Crosby is an assistant professor in the Technology Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He obtained his MS and PhD degrees from Florida International University in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively.
Dr. Crosby’s primary interests of research are wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, network security and active learning strategies for STEM. He has served as a reviewer for several conferences, magazines and journals publications, including IEEE INFOCOM, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Eta Kappa Nu.

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Julie Dunston Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

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The Development and Delivery of an Online Graduate Course: Lessons Learned and Future DirectionIn meeting the growing demand for advanced technical knowledge to non-traditional studentsand young professionals, our university has recently developed an online MS degree program inQuality Engineering and Management. In this paper, we describe the approach taken in thedevelopment and delivery of a new course, Management of Information Technology Resources,in this program. The course had an enrollment of 15 students. Two thirds of these students areenrolled in the new online program exclusively, while the remaining students are registered oncampus and whose reasons for doing this course varies and include: course schedulingconvenience, interests in course content, and time flexibility. The on-campus students do notbenefit from any advantage due to their proximity to the instructor since all pedagogically relatedcommunication is exclusively addressed online via email or the messaging/chat/discussionfeatures of the LMS.The material is presented from the perspective of the course developer and instructor. Weoutline the content areas, the pedagogical techniques employed and discuss the performance ofthe students. Performance is assessed based on test results and participation in onlinediscussion/forum. We also examined the students’ attitudes and the correlation between the timespent using the learning management system (LMS) and student performance. A qualitativeassessment is also done to determine the differences in course perceptions between the twogroups of students, that is, on-campus registered students and off-campus students who are allemployed full-time while pursuing their studies. We outline lessons learned and discussed howthis will affect future offering of the course and the impact on the overall program.

Crosby, G. V., & Dunston, J. (2013, June), The Development and Delivery of an Online Graduate Course: Lessons Learned and Future Direction Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22568

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