Distance Learning Program at Old Dominion University: Comparison of Student Performance for Distant & On-campus Students in Engineering Technology Program

By:
Dr. Alok Verma
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Old Dominion University is one of the largest providers of distance learning degree programs in the U.S. The University serves 4,000 students at 50 sites in Virginia, D.C., Arizona, Illinois, Washington and Georgia. More than 3,500 students have graduated from Old Dominion via distance learning, including Navy personnel who took classes while deployed around the world. Three Engineering Technology programs are offered under TELETECHNET. These classes are offered through one way video and two way audio transmissions via satellites. In addition, video streaming classes and hybrid classes that use multiple delivery methods are also offered.

Assessment methodology and results for two Mechanical Engineering Technology and two Electrical Engineering Technology courses are discussed. In these cases, courses are offered in both the traditional on-campus and non-traditional distance learning format, assessment methods are prescribed, assessment data are taken, and the results compiled and compared. Comparison of student performance is made between the on-campus and distant students. In addition, this paper describes ways in which the laboratory courses are structured in order to make the assessment process easier to manage. Pedagogical issues are addressed that were encountered during the development of the distance learning laboratory courses to assure that the learning experience could equal or exceed that of the on-campus counterparts.


Keywords: Distance Learning, Student Performance, Assessment, Distant Sites, Laboratory Courses
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Distance Learning Program at Old Dominion University – Comparison of Student Performance for Distant & On-campus Students in Engineering Technology Programs


Dr. Alok Verma

MET Program Director & Ray Ferrari Professor, Engineering Technology Department, Old Dominion University
USA

Alok Verma is Ray Ferrari Professor and Program Director of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at Old Dominion University. He also serves as the Chief Technologist of the Lean Institute and the director of the Automated Manufacturing Laboratory at Old Dominion University. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, MS in Engineering Mechanics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department in 1981. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia, a certified manufacturing engineer and has certification in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. His publications are in the areas of Lean Manufacturing, Technology Management, Simulation design and Development, Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Process Optimization, CAD/CAM, and Robotics. His current area of research is in the Implementation of LEAN principles to low volume high variety environments like ship building and aerospace. Professor Verma has been invited as a keynote speaker to several national and international conferences. He is well known for his work in the development of simulation based training programs for the implementation of Lean and Agile Manufacturing. Alok Verma has co-edited the proceedings of the International Conference on CAD/CAM & Robotics for which he was the general chairman. He is active in ASME, ASEE and SME.

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