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Title: Academics Forum


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American Society of Safety Engineers
Academics Forum
June 15, 2010
Assessment of Student Learning Experiences in Two
Different Modes of Course Delivery
By
Hamid Fonooni, Michael Behm, David Batts MS,
Occupational Safety Program Department of
Technology Systems East Carolina
University Greenville, North Carolina
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East Carolina University Some Demographics
  • ECU is a part of UNC System with approximately
    27,000 students and accredited by the Commission
    on Colleges of the Southern Association of
    Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • ECU consists of ten (10) Colleges, plus School of
    Medicine and a brand new School of Dental
    Medicine
  • ECU is the lead school in online course delivery
    among all UNC System campuses
  • MS, Occupational Safety (MSOS) program is a
    graduate program and is housed in the Department
    of Technology Systems with an average of 35
    students (80 online and 20 on-campus). MSOS
    has been predominantly an on-line program since
    early 90s.
  • Two full time faculty and three part-time or
    adjunct faculty

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MSOS Program Curriculum and Course Delivery
Methods
  • 36-39 credit hours with two tracks Thesis Track
    (39 cr. hrs) and Practicum Track (36 cr. hrs.).
  • Learning objectives for online and on-campus
    students are identical. Experiential learning
    through projects is the prevalent teaching
    technique.
  • The two course delivery methods are through
    Centra (online conference) and Global Classroom
    (streaming video)
  • MS, Occupational Safety (MSOS) program needs to
    reach both online and on-campus students in the
    most effective way.
  • Two full time faculty and three part-time or
    adjunct faculty teach the curriculum.
  • Since 2006, the on-line track exclusively is
    available to working professionals in the SHE
    profession or closely related fields.
  • MSOS is preparing to seek ABET Accreditation in
    2012-2013.

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Purpose of This Study
  • This presentation will discuss two modes of
    delivery of courses in the MS Occupational Safety
    (MSOS) Program.
  • Students are surveyed to assess their learning
    experiences using two methods of delivery
  • Global Classroom, streaming video
  • Centra, online conference

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Global Classroom
Purpose
  • The Global Classroom is a state-of-the-art
    teaching and learning center which supports
    internet-based video conferencing and other
    collaboration tools for groups up to 100 persons.
  • The Global Classroom is designed to host
    asynchronous and synchronous online activities.

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Global Classroom
Purpose
  • Global classroom will capture both the video and
    voice of the instructor, as well as the computer
    screen of the computer. The instructor can choose
    to display both the video of the instructor and
    the computer screen, or switch among them.
  • Distance education students also need to be aware
    that they can ask questions during a live
    streaming class as well as e-mail the instructors
    with questions after the web cast is archive
  • Students can login to the Mediasite server for
    the courses they are registered and use Mediasite
    player to view the archived video. Lectures of
    the entire semester will be made assessable to
    students during the semester.

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Centra
Purpose
  • A web conferencing program which enables a group
    of people to interact with one another in a
    virtual online meeting environment.
  • Centra can be accessed "live" anytime from
    anywhere attendees have access to a computer and
    an Internet connection.
  • All meetings using Centra are automatically
    recorded, so those unable to make the live
    meeting are able to playback the meeting at a
    later time.

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Purpose of This Study
  • Assessment of Student Learning Experiences in Two
    Different Modes of Course Delivery
  • Global Classroom, streaming video
  • Centra, online conference

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Methodology
  • An anonymous survey in two parts was conducted.
  • Part A the over all expectations of students
    from an on-line delivery course was assessed.
  • Part B students direct experience with each
    method of delivery was assessed.
  • IRB approval was obtained.
  • The survey was delivered to the MSOS program
    students, including current students and
    graduates within past three years.
  • 35 completed responses were received (61).

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Methodology (Continued)
  • For this study, four attributes for an on-line
    course delivery method were defined as
  •  
  • Technology
  • Environment
  • Communication
  • Quality of Learned/Acquired Knowledge
  • In Part A, students were asked to rank 7 features
    in each category, based on their importance,
    personal expectations and preference.
  • In Part B, using the same features in each
    category, students were asked to rate (1-5) their
    experience using Centra and Global Classroom.

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SURVEY
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Results
Incomplete or erroneous responses were excluded.
35 completed response were analyzed (61 Response
rate).
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Results for Part 1
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Technology Technology Technology
1 Compatibility (e.g., system compatibility, Mac or any types of MS Windows) 22
2 Archiving system (e.g., easy access to archived materials, always available, up-to date) 16
3 Accessibility (e.g., internet connection requirements, low bandwidth) 16
4 Easy to use technology (e.g., friendly technology, surf around easily and quickly) 13
5 Suitable for communication (e.g., clear real time two way communication, video capability) 11
6 Availability (e.g., archived materials, archived lectures, structured scheduling) 11
7 Participation (e.g., communicate with class live, instant response, interactive dialogue) 10
Environment Environment Environment
1 Ambient (e.g., classroom like with human touch, inviting) 21
2 Relaxed (e.g., anywhere anytime, can do multi tasking while listening to the lecture) 17
3 Available video, audio and text chat 16
4 Audibility (e.g., easy to hear with clear sound) 13
5 Visual contact (e.g., being able to see class, presentation materials, share Web information) 12
6 Inviting and conducive for communication/learning (e.g., presentation and exchange of ideas) 11
7 Feeling as being in class without being in the classroom (e.g., participate instantly, follow the pace easily, communicate effectively) 10
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Communication Communication Communication
1 Video contact and interaction (individual pictures) 18
2 Instant interaction and/or time delay 18
3 Streaming video (live) 16
4 Audio and text chat (real time) 15
5 New concepts, theories, and applications can be presented effectively 13
6 Interaction (easy to converse to make your point, easy to text chat) 10
7 Clear (e.g., superb quality of audio and video, effective reception) 9
Quality of Learned/Acquired knowledge Quality of Learned/Acquired knowledge Quality of Learned/Acquired knowledge
1 Guest speakers 18
2 Archiving materials and sessions 18
3 Availability (any time any where) 17
4 Presentation of materials (e.g., PowerPoint, video clip, whiteboard) 14
5 Exchanging ideas with class-mates 13
6 Interaction with teammates 12
7 Interaction with instructor 8
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Results for Part 2
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Suitable for communication (e.g., clear real time
two way communication, video capability)
5
Participation (e.g., communicate with class live,
instant response, interactive dialogue)
7
Archiving system (e.g., easy access to archived
materials, always available, up-to date)
2
Availability (e.g., archived materials, archived
lectures, structured scheduling)
6
Compatibility (e.g., system compatibility, Mac or
any types of MS Windows)
1
3
Accessibility (e.g., internet connection
requirements, low bandwidth)
Easy to use technology (e.g., friendly
technology, surf around easily and quickly)
4
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3
Available video, audio and text chat
Inviting and conducive for communication/learning
(e.g., presentation and exchange of ideas)
6
Relaxed (e.g., anywhere anytime, can do multi
tasking while listening to the lecture)
2
Feeling as being in class without being in the
classroom (e.g., participate instantly, follow
the pace easily, communicate effectively)
7
Visual contact (e.g., being able to see class,
presentation materials, share Web information
5
Audibility (e.g., easy to hear with clear sound)
4
1
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4
3
2
1
Interaction (easy to converse to make your point,
easy to text chat)
6
New concepts, theories, and applications can be
presented effectively
5
7
Clear (e.g., superb quality of audio and video,
effective reception)
30
Guest speakers
1
7
Exchanging ideas with class-mates
Presentation of materials (e.g., PowerPoint,
video clip, whiteboard)
4
3
5
Interaction with class
6
2
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Very Effective
Moderately Effective
Average Effective
Somewhat Effective
Not Effective
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Conclusion
  • Annual survey of students is an essential part of
    a continuous improvement process
  • With the fast pace and growth of IT, it is
    important to stay on the top of the new tools
  • New Student Orientation sessions are helpful to
    set the tone and assure the system compatibility

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