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Using Interactive Strategies In Distance Learning

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.614.1 - 3.614.5

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Lucy C. Morse

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Session 3147

Using Interactive Strategies in Distance Learning Lucy C. Morse, Ph.D. Engineering Technology University of Central Florida


These case studies will examine successful and unsuccessful interactive learning techniques used with taped Engineering Technology at a Distance courses. The integration of tape-based course content with multimedia includes electronic mail, scavenger hunts, Web discussion groups, the Delphi Method, and virtual teams.


The rapid development, application, and sophistication of technology have added substantially to the quality of life and productivity in our society. The benefits of advanced technology, however, have not come without its educational and corporate costs. Specifically, today’s engineering technology graduates will become more quickly obsolete than their earlier counterparts, while corporate demand for increased productivity all but eliminates off site education possibilities for technical personnel. Within this context traditional approaches to engineering technology education must be expanded to those who need it.

In this last decade higher education has undergone many changes, but a significant change has been in the increased use of technology. Now faculty on many campuses delivers instruction with the use of technology rather than the traditional lecture approach. Education at a distance is one of the ways technology is used. There are a wide variety of Distance Education approaches. This continuum ranges from the paper-based correspondence courses to the more technical approaches as two-way video/two way audio real time courses.2

The Engineering Technology at a Distance program at the University of Central Florida gives students an opportunity to complete upper level courses in engineering technology and obtain a Bachelor of Science at a distance. This program, which is offered with FEEDS (Florida Engineering Education Delivery System) support is a degree program designed for students who have completed either an Associate of Arts Degree, an Associate of Science Degree, or the equivalent. The target audience is the student, who is not able to or will not travel to campus.

Specifically charged with the responsibility of addressing a particular niche in the engineering technology continuum, the Engineering Technology Department is the only public institution in the state of Florida to offer only upper level engineering technology degree programs. (One other state institution, Florida A&M, offers upper level engineering technology, but concentrates on a four year degree program.) The state has 26 community colleges offering the two-year technician degrees. The UCF program has articulation agreements with these schools for the students to continue and receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology (BSET), Operations concentration,

Morse, L. C. (1998, June), Using Interactive Strategies In Distance Learning Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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