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The Use Of Technology In The University Of Tennessee's Nuclear Engineering Distance Education Program

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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



Conference Session

Trends in Nuclear Education--I

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7.1196.1 - 7.1196.8



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Robert Jackson

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Larry Miller

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J Hines

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Harold Dodds

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Dr. Ronald E. Pevey

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Dr. Lawrence W. Townsend

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Belle Upadhyaya

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The Use of Information Technology in The University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Distance Education Program J.W. Hines, L.F. Miller, R.E. Pevey, L.W. Townsend, B.R. Upadhyaya, H.L. Dodds Nuclear Engineering Department The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN. 37996-2300

R.H. Jackson University Outreach and Continuing Education The University of Tennessee 600 Henley Street, Suite 100, Knoxville, TN. 37996-4101.

Abstract: The Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee offers three graduate programs that are available to distance students: the M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering, a Graduate Certificate program in Nuclear Criticality Safety, and a Graduate Certificate program in Maintenance and Reliability Engineering. Most of the courses in the three programs are delivered synchronously (i.e., live and interactive) to the student’s desktop computer via the World Wide Web using a virtual classroom software program called Centra SymposiumTM. The Centra software permits oral communication between instructor and students as well as oral communication among students. This interactive oral communication is usually accompanied by PowerPoint slides, video files, and video streaming of windows applications such as MATLAB or FORTRAN demonstrations. The synchronous classes are recorded and available asynchronously to accommodate students who must occasionally miss class. In addition to the on-line lecture classes, some laboratories are also delivered on-line.


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) lists nineteen universities that provide accredited B.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering (NE), while the American Nuclear Society lists thirty-one universities with NE programs. The probability that a working professional is located geographically near one of these programs is quite small. In addition, traditional university programs offer most courses during the day which conflicts with the work schedules of most professionals. For these two reasons, it is extremely difficult for a working professional to obtain a quality education in Nuclear Engineering without taking a leave of absence from, or quitting, his or her job. With the availability of new web-based educational technologies, The University of Tennessee has developed a program that brings the classroom to the student, rather than having the student disrupt his/her life to travel to a university for an education1,2. The new programs that are described in this paper are designed to allow a working professional to remain with his or her family while acquiring new professional skills in nuclear engineering.

“Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Jackson, R., & Miller, L., & Hines, J., & Dodds, H., & Pevey, D. R. E., & Townsend, D. L. W., & Upadhyaya, B. (2002, June), The Use Of Technology In The University Of Tennessee's Nuclear Engineering Distance Education Program Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11314

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