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Transition from the F2F to the Online Teaching Method During Emergency Status (Engineering Emergency Remote Learning)

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Multidisciplinary Experiences: Teaching in a Pandemic

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Bahaa Ansaf Colorado State University - Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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B. Ansaf received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering /Aerospace and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Baghdad in 1996 and 1999, respectively. From 2001 to 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor and then Professor with the Mechatronics Engineering Department, Baghdad University. During 2008 he has been a Visiting Associate professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT. During 2010 he has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Michigan State University. From 2014 to 2016, he has been a Visiting Professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Missouri. Currently, he is Associate Professor with the Engineering Department, Colorado State University-Pueblo. He is the author of two book chapters, more than 73 articles. His research interests include artificial intelligence systems and applications, smart material applications, robotics motion, and planning. Also, He is a member of ASME, ASEE, and ASME-ABET PEV.

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Nebojsa I. Jaksic Colorado State University - Pueblo Orcid 16x16

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NEBOJSA I. JAKSIC earned the Dipl. Ing. (M.S.) degree in electrical engineering from Belgrade University (1984), the M.S. in electrical engineering (1988), the M.S. in industrial engineering (1992), and the Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Ohio State University (2000). He currently serves as a Professor at Colorado State University Pueblo teaching robotics and automation courses. Dr. Jaksic has over 90 publications and holds two patents. His interests include robotics, automation, and nanotechnology engineering education and research. Dr. Jaksic is a licensed PE in the State of Colorado, a member of ASEE, a senior member of IEEE, and a senior member of SME.

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In this work, a systematic study was conducted to measure the degree of success of the emergency transition of teaching from face-to-face (f2f) to entirely online for several engineering courses due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Hands-on/lab activities were treated differently to accommodate the course requirements and available technology. The original and altered course structures, evaluation, and assessment tools were listed and discussed from the alignments with the required ABET learning outcomes. Several digital resources were used to provide direct and indirect learning tools for each course. An anonymous pre-change survey had been used to get immediate feedback and connection with students at a point when no one had a clear idea where the pandemic was heading. These fast connection channels helped the instructor understand the fears and challenges from the students' perspective. An anonymous post-course survey was implemented to receive in-depth and practical feedback about student experiences and the degree of success of implementing the adopted changes. The degree of success varied with the course type and the course level. Most students showed some reservations against the changes and considered the f2f method to be better than the online method. Different levels of satisfaction were demonstrated for the effectiveness of the implemented changes and the technology used. Also, computer communication technology and the availability of sufficient internet bandwidth were adequate. The students’ feedback shows the importance of having direct interaction with the instructor affected by their experiences with the online portion of the semester. In conclusion, education is strongly dependent on a trust-building process between the instructor and the learners. The students can follow up and are involved positively in any modification of class format or methodology if they believe in their coach’s (instructor’s) competency.

Ansaf, B., & Jaksic, N. I. (2021, July), Transition from the F2F to the Online Teaching Method During Emergency Status (Engineering Emergency Remote Learning) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37934

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