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The Evolution Of An Electronic Only Course Delivery Method In Engineering Economy For On Campus Students

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Trends in Engineering Economy Education

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7.1149.1 - 7.1149.12



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Gunter Sharp

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Jack Lohmann

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The Evolution of an Electronic-only Course Delivery Method in Engineering Economy for On-campus Students

Jack R. Lohmann and Gunter P. Sharp

Georgia Institute of Technology


This paper describes a three-year effort of delivering an undergraduate course in engineering economy to on-campus students using streaming video and the Internet. The initial effort relied primarily on internet-based video streams and the use of a traditional textbook. Technical difficulties with the internet-based delivery of the lectures together with pedagogical observations of student performance and feedback have led to significant changes. Beginning in the fall of 2002, the course will become completely electronic and will be pedagogically repackaged into integrated video stream lecture vignettes and related text material contained on a CD-ROM while the day-to-day course administration and student-to-faculty communications will continue to be conducted via the internet. Student evaluations and performance are presented, as well as some lessons learned.

Index Terms – Electronic technologies, engineering economy, Internet, remote learning, video streaming


Electronic technology, such as video tapes, satellite transmissions, and the internet, has been used to address the needs of off-campus students where either their location or schedules preclude their attendance at on-campus classes.1,2,3 Increasingly, however, such technology is being used for the delivery of course materials for on-campus courses where neither location nor schedules are issues. Generally, the use of such technologies in these situations has been only to either facilitate or supplement face-to-face classroom instruction and laboratory exercises4,5. However, several factors are now making electronic technologies a principal mode of instruction, even for on-campus courses: most students now either own or have easy access to computing technology, and thus access to the internet; electronic technologies offer some pedagogical advantages over live lectures, such as repeatability and graphical presentation; electronic technologies and courseware are becoming increasingly easier to use by the faculty and, therefore, more readily adopted; and engineering enrollments continue to climb in face of diminishing resources in support of faculty instruction, thus encouraging engineering programs to pursue alternative cost-effective means to deliver their curriculum.6,7,8,9

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Sharp, G., & Lohmann, J. (2002, June), The Evolution Of An Electronic Only Course Delivery Method In Engineering Economy For On Campus Students Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10301

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