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Three Pilot Studies with a Focus on Asynchronous Distance Education

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

ECE Distance Education

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Electrical and Computer

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24.1262.1 - 24.1262.20



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Dale N. Buechler University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
ASEE Mathematics Division 2011 Distinguished Educator and Service Award
Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (UW-Platteville) 2009 – 2010
Electrical Engineering Department Assessment Chair (2008 – Present)
ASEE Mathematics Division Chair (2006-2007)
ASEE Mathematics Division Program Chair (2005-2006)

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Phil J. Sealy Jr. University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Dr Sealy received the BS AMP, MS EE, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is in his seventeenth year at UW-Platteville and his fifth as chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. Dr Sealy has a strong interest in distance education and programs for non-traditional students.

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John Goomey University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Supplemental Instruction for Asynchronous Distance ClassesFor the last five years we have been offering our electrical engineering (EE) program to studentsthroughout the state using streaming video lectures and local lab offerings facilitated by travelinglab managers. Much of that time has been spent improving different aspects of our courses suchas online office hours, web-based content, distance lab offerings, and online assessment ofstudent work. Although the asynchronous lecture approach provides increased access forworking students who are completing the program on a part-time basis, it poses a number ofinstructional challenges.This paper discusses several ongoing pilot studies which investigate the effectiveness ofsupplemental instructional techniques for both the local and distance students who are enrolled inthese classes. These studies use technology to expand the resources available to the student.One study uses mini-videos and quizzes to address review material, reading assignments, and labequipment training. Another looks at the use of flipping the classroom to make room for in-classproblem solving. A third project uses pre-homework assignments and online quizzing withincremental feedback to promote student self-directed learning and improve student confidence.Student survey data, relative student performance, and faculty workload will all be discussed.

Buechler, D. N., & Sealy, P. J., & Goomey, J. (2014, June), Three Pilot Studies with a Focus on Asynchronous Distance Education Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23195

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