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Web Based Programming Courses In Ecet

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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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6.1146.1 - 6.1146.12

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Paul Lin

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Hal Broberg

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Session #3647

Web-Based Programming Courses in ECET Hal Broberg, Paul Lin Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN

I. Introduction

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is a state-supported commuter campus with over 12,000 students. The School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science has 5 departments: civil and architectural engineering technology, computer science, electrical and computer engineering technology, engineering, and manufacturing technology. Our department, ECET, provides instruction for accredited1 A.S. and B.S. programs in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET), with options in computer engineering technology. There are about 200 students majoring in EET and over 1100 students have received Purdue EET degrees from IPFW during the past 36 years. The average age of ECET students is approximately 28 and most are employed full-time while taking courses toward their degrees.

The first two Internet courses offered in ECET were presented during the Fall 2000 semester. Both courses introduce programming languages. One, EET/CS 114, used Visual Basic 6 to teach introductory windows programming and is structured as a lecture course, with no scheduled laboratory. The other, EET 205, uses Microchip PIC Assembly language to introduce assembly language programming and is structured as a lecture course with an assigned laboratory component. WebCT2 is a Web-based program that is specifically designed for distance learning via the Internet and is widely used in colleges and universities. WebCT is used as the focal point of all interaction in the web course and provides all required administration necessary to teach an Internet course. RealPresenter Plus G23 was used to meet the need for lecture-like presentations via the Internet. This program enables the instructor to record presentations using Powerpoint slides, a microphone and an inexpensive camera. The presentation must then be uploaded to a RealServer so that students can listen to and/or watch the presentation over the Internet using streaming media technology.

Some of the specifics of how these Internet based classes were taught; using WebCT and RealPresenter G2 will be discussed. In addition, an overview of the courses with lessons learned from teaching the classes will be presented. It is our hope that this paper will make it easier for instructors desiring to use these or similar methods to create a web course from a course previously taught in the classroom.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Lin, P., & Broberg, H. (2001, June), Web Based Programming Courses In Ecet Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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