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Trifecta of Engagement in an Online Engineering Management Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Engineering Management Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Management

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Peilin Fu National University

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Peilin Fu, Ph.D., received the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Ocean University of China, China, and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. She is currently a Professor with the Department of Applied Engineering, School of Engineering and Computing, National University, San Diego, California, USA. She was formerly a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside during 2004-2008, and a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology during 2003-2004. Dr. Fu is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Control Science and Engineering, and has been served as the International Program Committee Member and Organizer of several international conferences and workshops.

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This paper focuses on how to engage students in an online environment. The Trifecta of Engagement framework is introduced. In order for students to be fully engaged in a course, they need to be engaged with (1) their course content, (2) their peers, and (3) their instructor. The author shares the experiences in teaching an online Engineering Management Course in this paper. The student-to-content engagement , student-to-student engagement, and student-to-instructor engagement are highly strengthened through a series of well-designed course activities. The end of course student assessment shows that students demonstrated an apparent increase in engagement and enthusiasm toward the subject matter. Although lacks of the face-to-face communication, the online course with Trifecta of Engagement framework applied prevails over the same course taught onsite in all of the assessment questions.

Fu, P. (2019, June), Trifecta of Engagement in an Online Engineering Management Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33466

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