June 24, 2007
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Electrical and Computer
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The Use of Elluminate LIVE!® Distance Learning Software in Engineering Education
More and more, people working or wanting to work in engineering and other technical fields who reside in geographically distant locations from a traditional university are demanding that Colleges of Engineering meet their needs through the establishment of remote campuses and through other distance learning alternatives to a traditional engineering education. In meeting this challenge, a variety of delivery methods have been employed including synchronous and asynchronous online delivery in both fully online and hybrid (online and face-to-face) course structures.
This paper describes the details of delivering a hybrid course using a tablet PC with Elluminate LIVE!® (Elluminate), which is a synchronous, online virtual classroom tool. Classes in mechanical and electrical engineering were offered using a hybrid method of instruction where approximately 50% of lectures are face-to-face and 50% are online. Elluminate was also used to supplement lecture material through online help sessions and exam reviews. For both face-to- face and online lectures, all notes were archived for continual student access.
Specifics on the technology required for both delivery and reception of the lectures is given along with the strategies employed to ensure optimal interaction between the instructor and students. The views of the two faculty who taught the aforementioned courses show that using a web-based, real-time virtual classroom software is an effective and efficient method of instruction but does have some disadvantages including feeling disconnected from the students during online lectures. Lessons learned include the ineffectiveness of trying to apply traditional approaches of lecture in online delivery.
Views from two students, a non-traditional student who attended lectures primarily from work or home and a traditional student who attended lectures on campus, include mixed reviews on web- based lectures. However, both felt that Elluminate was effective in delivering material but the traditional student preferred face-to-face interaction which was an expected outcome. Challenges of the online approach discussed by the students include difficulty in concentrating and limited interaction during online lectures. The students also suggest that as a supplement to lecture, Elluminate is an extremely effective resource.
The need for an increase in the number of engineers in the U.S. has prompted colleges and universities to establish non-traditional Colleges of Engineering in an attempt to make engineering education opportunities available to students that may not otherwise consider a career in engineering. One such program is the University of Kentucky-Paducah Extended Campus Engineering Program that is located in Paducah, Kentucky on the campus of a regional community college. This is a joint engineering program between the University of Kentucky and Murray State University with approximately one-third of the faculty residing in Murray,
Crofton, J., & Rogers, J., & Pugh, C., & Evans, K. (2007, June), The Use Of Elluminate Distance Learning Software In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1662
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