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Addressing Engineering Teaching       Issues in Online Distance                        Learning                       Step...
Overview• Evolution of online programmes delivered by IT Sligo.• Current model for online programmes.• KITE Project – prov...
Initial DesignAsynchronous discussion based learning. “Wrap-around” approach                                              ...
Success of Initial DesignDependent on topic                      Successful                     Management                ...
Modification to Initial DesignSynchronous online classes   • Delivered each week   • Students can ask questions   • Recorded
Emergent Learning Model                  Handouts      Textbooks                Websites                  Resources  Live ...
Success and GrowthCriteria to measure pedagogical success   • Learning outcomes.   • Student satisfaction                 ...
Practical Labs – A limit to growth?Following factors limit growth;    • Attendance requirement for practical labs.    • St...
CIM Lab – IT Sligo
KITE – Remote access to Labs   On-demand access 24/7      Give students remote access to software and hardware on campus. ...
KITE – Live practical classes …OnlineLive Class Students remotely access PCs in IT Sligo Lab from home. During the live cl...
Benefits and Success of Remote LabsBenefits   • Timing of practical labs and theory classes   • No requirement to purchase...
ConclusionIT Sligo Online learning Model   • Financially viable   • High student satisfaction and learning outcomes   • Fa...
AcknowledgementsThanks to:  • Brian Mulligan – IT Sligo.  • INTERREG IVA programme, SEUPB and KITE   Project Partners  • K...
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Mulligan, B., Reid, S. "Addressing Engineering Teaching Issues in Online Distance Learning", ICEE-2011 Conference, Belfast, August 21-26, 2011

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  1. 1. Addressing Engineering Teaching Issues in Online Distance Learning Stephen Reid 3 October 2012
  2. 2. Overview• Evolution of online programmes delivered by IT Sligo.• Current model for online programmes.• KITE Project – providing Practical Labs• Communication technology narrowing the gap between face-to-face and online.
  3. 3. Initial DesignAsynchronous discussion based learning. “Wrap-around” approach Mason (1998) Attend for Self Practical Study Learning “Wrap- Activities around” Existing VLE Resources
  4. 4. Success of Initial DesignDependent on topic Successful Management B.Sc in Quality Management Wholly Less thanMathematical Technology Inadequate Successful
  5. 5. Modification to Initial DesignSynchronous online classes • Delivered each week • Students can ask questions • Recorded
  6. 6. Emergent Learning Model Handouts Textbooks Websites Resources Live Classes Video Learning Lecturer ActivitiesFeedback Support Fellow Learners
  7. 7. Success and GrowthCriteria to measure pedagogical success • Learning outcomes. • Student satisfaction Medium – not a barrier to learning. 500 Growth 450 • 17 Accredited Programmes 400 350 • Fee income - €2m 2009 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  8. 8. Practical Labs – A limit to growth?Following factors limit growth; • Attendance requirement for practical labs. • Staffing and Laboratory capacityKnowledge and Innovation Transfer in Engineering (KITE) Project • EU Funded, cross-border project. • Delivering Labs … Online
  9. 9. CIM Lab – IT Sligo
  10. 10. KITE – Remote access to Labs On-demand access 24/7 Give students remote access to software and hardware on campus. “Remote Access” “Software” - - IT Sligo“Training Rig” IT Sligo “On-line student” - Anywhere
  11. 11. KITE – Live practical classes …OnlineLive Class Students remotely access PCs in IT Sligo Lab from home. During the live class the instructor can:• Monitor student progress.• Offer guidance through 2- way audio (VoIP).• Take control of “student” PC to demonstrate solutions, when required.
  12. 12. Benefits and Success of Remote LabsBenefits • Timing of practical labs and theory classes • No requirement to purchase, install software • 24/7 access • All software versions similar. • Potential to reduce travel.Success • No significant difference in results compared to face-to- face. • 80% would recommend online CAD training.
  13. 13. ConclusionIT Sligo Online learning Model • Financially viable • High student satisfaction and learning outcomes • Faster progress using traditional teaching techniques
  14. 14. AcknowledgementsThanks to: • Brian Mulligan – IT Sligo. • INTERREG IVA programme, SEUPB and KITE Project Partners • KITE Team • Lecturing and Technical staff at IT Sligo • Frank Carter, Head of School of Engineering
  15. 15. Thank you!
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