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Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, June 18-21


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Conference Name

2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


A course in the Fundamentals of Building Construction has been a curricular requirement of the Civil Engineering Technology Program (CET) since its inception. This course was taught traditionally as an on-campus class. Over the last ten years, the CET program has expanded to contain an extensive distance learning component, with at least half of the enrollment located off campus. The model for the typical distance-learning class is to meet for three hours, once a week, with a fully interactive (voice) live class. In consideration of the demand of a growing distance learning system, it was decided to restructure this class into a hybrid class using archived video segments available online for student access through a distance learning system. A limitation of the system is that the fully live interactive courses require a separate classroom with special configuration at each remote site. Limitations on the number of the available classrooms at remote sites hinder the expansion of all programs. This change in format will permit a reduction in the time allocated to the live interactive component, with associated advantages and disadvantages for both the student and the system. This paper will discuss the presentation and organization of the hybrid class, the advantages and disadvantages of the approach and an assessment of the hybrid class outcomes compared o the fully interactive model.


© 2006 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Chicago, Illinois, June 18-21, 2006.

Original Publication Citation

Lewis, V., Ritchie, J., & Considine, C. (2006). A hybrid course in fundamentals of building construction using a combination of archived video and live session distance learning. Paper presented at the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.