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Understanding the Difference between Classroom Learning and Online Learning on Medical Imaging with Computer Lab Exercises

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.1396.1 - 25.1396.16



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Hong Man Stevens Institute of Technology

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Hong Man joined the faculty of electrical and computer engineering at Stevens in Jan. 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Dec. 1999. Man is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of ECE. He is serving as the Director of the undergraduate Computer Engineering program, and the Director of the Visual Information Environment Laboratory at Stevens. His research interests have been in image and video processing, medical imaging, data analysis and pattern recognition. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 technical journal and conference papers on these topics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and member of ASEE.

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Understanding the Difference between Classroom Learning and Online Learning on Medical Imaging with Computer Lab ExercisesAbstract“Medical Imaging” is an important subject in most bio-medical and bio-engineering curricula.To effectively offer this as an introductory undergraduate course, we designed a series ofcomputer lab exercises for students to observe the computational and physical processes ofmedical imaging modalities, and to practice computing skills on bio-medical signal processing.The software development is partially supported by an NSF CCLI grant.At Stevens Institute of Technology, "Medical Imaging" is a required course in the undergraduateBME program, and it is offered each year in Fall semester as a regular on-campus course, and inSpring semester as an on-line course. We started the deployment and assessment of thesecomputer lab exercises in Fall 2008, and by May 2011 we have obtained the assessment resultsfor three consecutive years. These results enable us to study student learning behaviors andperformance in many different ways.In this study, we focus on statistical analysis of three derived factors from our assessment results,i.e. performance improvement, difficulty level and time consumption. We intend to identify thestatistical relationships among these factors under classroom learning and online learning modes.Through this study, we will be able to verify some hypotheses we introduced in our previousworks. In particular, we will show that there can be no significant deficiency for online studentsto understand course content with the help of the computer lab exercises, and in certain scenarios,computer labs are more helpful to online students.In our final paper we will report the details of these two learning modes, the analysismethodology, our findings and their implications on the design of specialized learning tools fordifferent learning modes.

Man, H. (2012, June), Understanding the Difference between Classroom Learning and Online Learning on Medical Imaging with Computer Lab Exercises Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22153

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