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Use Of Web Ct In Delivering Instructions In Engineering

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1096.1 - 6.1096.10

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Shahnam Navaee

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Session 2793

Use of WebCT in Delivering Instructions in Engineering

Shahnam Navaee Georgia Southern University


In recent years, the web more than any other tool has been utilized in many colleges and universities across the nation and around the world to extend the educational reach of institutions and to enhance the quality of instructions. In the Engineering Studies Program at Georgia Southern University, WebCT was used during the fall semester of 2000 as the primary tool to complement and enhance a freshman level course entitled “Computing for Engineers”. In this course WebCT created a convenient and effective environment for instructor-student interaction. Using WebCT, the instructor was able to provide the students with a variety of course related material to aid them in better understanding the topics covered. The course documents were created using a wide range of software tools and made available for the students through WebCT in the PDF format. Electronic submissions of student assignments provided an opportunity for the instructor to take a closer look at the details of the student projects and grade them with greater accuracy. The assignment grades were reported back to the students confidentially via the web to help them keep track of their records and progress. An electronic bulletin board in WebCT allowed the instructor to provide the students with continuous support and guidance outside the classroom environment. The paper presented provides details in regards to the structure and components of the environment created within WebCT for teaching this computing course. The details will clarify how these components were utilized to achieve the specific objectives of this course. Use of various other beneficial tools available within WebCT will also be illustrated to show how these tools can be employed to further enhance the teaching effectiveness of the instructor.

I. Introduction

In the paper presented details for utilization of WebCT in teaching a course entitled as Computing for Engineers (ENGR 1132) are provided. This course in taught at the freshman level in the Engineering Studies Program at Georgia Southern University. Through this program the students finish the first two years of their engineering education at Georgia Southern prior to transferring to Georgia Tech to complete the rest of their degree requirements. The intent of the ENGR 1132 course is mainly to introduce the students to the basics of computing and programming principles, and to teach them how to utilize a variety of different software tools and packages. All the lab assignments performed in this course basically had two main components; one component dealing with the computing and programming principles, and the other dealing with the utilization of a particular software package. One sample lab project which was assigned to the students in a three-hour lab is provided in Figures 1 - 3. This project is presented to illustrate an example of the Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Navaee, S. (2001, June), Use Of Web Ct In Delivering Instructions In Engineering Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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