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What Does it Take to Deliver an Active Hands-on Course?

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Hands-on Active Learning

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Engineering Technology

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26.1720.1 - 26.1720.11



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Steve C. Hsiung Old Dominion University

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Steve Hsiung is a professor of electrical engineering technology at Old Dominion University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Hsiung had worked for Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Seagate Technology, Inc., and Lam Research Corp., all in Silicon Valley, CA. Dr. Hsiung also taught at Utah State University and California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BS degree from National Kauhsiung Normal University in 1980, MS degrees from University of North Dakota in 1986 and Kansas State University in 1988, and PhD degree from Iowa State University in 1992. Steve can be reached at

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Feng Jao Ohio Northern University

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Feng Jao, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Ohio Northern University. She has been teaching courses in the area of Computer and Information Technology. Her areas of interests include Hybrid Learning Instructional Design, Digital Media, Interactive Media, Instructional Technology Integration and network design. In addition, Dr. Jao is a certified Microsoft Office Master Instructor, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Her current research activities are web standards, responsive web design and network design. She is an active member of ITEEA, ATMAE and other professional organizations. Dr. Jao can be contacted at

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What does it take to deliver an active hands-on course?Abstract Distance Education has been implemented widely in different curricula at manyinstitutions; different means have been used to ensure the delivery. This article introduces uniquecombination of different mechanisms in implementing the active/synchronous distance deliveryof hands-on course(s) that is compatible and similar to the face-to-face on-campus course(s).There are three major developmental stages of these online courses - curriculum design,methodologies, and assessment to ensure the effectiveness of distance delivery of technicalcourses in engineering technology. The processes of curriculum design for the Embedded System Designs are discussed:(a) The development of course and labs modules for hands-on technical courses. (b) Themethodologies used in the delivery processes that include unique combinations of differentteaching strategies when implementing these online courses. The web portal is used as a mean todelivery general rules and course information and content, and the implementations of LearningManagement Systems (LMS) for course module organizations. In addition, the limitations andproblems encountered during the delivery processes, and the solution of the problems will beaddressed. (c) The assessment of the distance course(s) on data gathered in a preliminary studyand the comparison of methodologies used in this distance course will be presented to set as aproof of concept of these effective distance delivery practices. Engineering technology focuses on both “hands-on and mind-on” design work. Thisarticle discussed the integration of existing technology products into real world applications.Through the implementation of the distance delivery or cyber-enabled learning environment, theeffectiveness of the delivery is compatible to traditional face-to-face on-campus courses. Thisdoes not only benefit the interested faculty/teachers in better teaching technical courses online,but it also support the students who are interested in learning more advanced technical conceptsthat are needed in the work environment requiring higher technical literacy for today and in thefuture.Highlights of the presentation will address the following:  Research and development of the virtual classrooms and open source service server.  Curriculum design and development of the supported material.  Implementation of teaching strategies and methodologies for the real-time distance hands-on approach.  Preliminary assessment of the teaching and learning.  Recommendations of potential adoption of the development.  Continuous improvement of teaching and learning in academic community. Topic Areas: 1. Distance Learning in Electrical ET 2. Embedded System Designs in ET 3. Application Projects Collaboration in ET 4. Research Community of Teaching and Learning in ET

Hsiung, S. C., & Jao, F. (2015, June), What Does it Take to Deliver an Active Hands-on Course? Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25056

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