Tom Eppes, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), have published an article in the Academic Journal of Science (AJS) Vol. 6, No. 1. The IJAS publishes original contributions on all aspects of science from the academic perspective.
The paper, "Development of Hybrid Courses by Applying Best Practices from the Online Environment" describes how four on-ground engineering courses were transformed into a hybrid mode using best practices found in online environment.
The objective was to overcome two major teaching issues present in the courses: (1) over-reliance on advanced mathematical tools that hampered students understanding of the underlying principles, and (2) the absence of immersive and exciting visuals. In these hybrid courses, facilitation is required on the part of the instructor while the student must become more active in the learning process.
The result was an integrated learning environment (face-to-face and online) with comprehensive information sources, a knowledgebase, and experiential learning elements. In addition, modeling, simulation, visualization, and application building are incorporated to further extend learning outcomes.
Course Design Elements
Application: Optical Fiber Drawing Furnace