Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
June 20, 1999
June 23, 1999
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Using the Internet for an Engineering Management Course
Lucy C. Morse, Ph.D. University of Central Florida
Since the fall of 1990 Engineering Technology at the University of Central Florida has offered courses utilizing the videotape lecture successfully demonstrated by the FEEDS (Florida Engineering Education Delivery System) system. Primarily using UCF campus and community college locations, this system allows for maximum viewing freedom of the course material via tape without geographic or work schedule constraints. Emerging communication technologies (electronic mail, web forums, and the World Wide Web) offer enhancements to the current educators’ delivery system. These courses are delivered in an asynchronous manner, which gives the convenience of students being able to work when and where they wish and the students can also control somewhat the pacing of instruction. Traditionally in the FEEDS model interaction between teacher and student has not been considered. Yet interaction is considered to be the key to effective learning and information exchange. Some of the interaction techniques now included with the course materials are:
• Electronic mail • World Wide Web • Scavenger hunt • Delphi Process • Virtual teams • World Wide Web Forum discussions
The basic technical management course has been using these technologies as additional resources. The textbook used for this particular course is Daniel Babcock’s Managing Engineering and Technology, although the resources and techniques may be used for a variety of management courses. This paper presents resources and tools that may be used to enhance the management functions, product life, and personal management discussions. Since the resources are not static, the web listings will give a starting place for future explorations.
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 education must be expanded to those who need it.
Morse, L. C. (1999, June), Using The Internet For An Engineering Management Course Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/8035
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