2020 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration
Significant research has been done on the subject of distance learning (DL) instruction for many academic disciplines. However, when it comes to engineering technology (ET) programs, particularly, engineering laboratory work, limited studies are available. It is unquestionable that engineering laboratory work is essential for the successful preparation of individuals enrolled in ET programs. The focus of ET programs is on the correct use and application of engineering principles with a direct focus on practical application rather than on theory alone. The difficulties increase significantly when laboratories are offered in DL mode, particularly for ET programs. It is well known that DL instruction provides the unique opportunity to individuals to achieve an academic degree without being required to attend classes live during the day. A great number of people cannot attend face-to-face (F2F) lectures due to employment reasons, personal limitations, and/or military commitment, among other things. DL programs offer a viable solution to these limitations. Assessment of DL courses becomes more challenging than those that are F2F. As a result, asynchronous instruction is required to be more interactive than synchronous for obvious reasons. It is the interest of the authors to provide guidelines for the successful preparation and delivery of engineering laboratory work in asynchronous mode for ET programs. The guidelines will provide adequate techniques and methods for assessment in line with ABET outcomes for engineering technology programs. Lastly, the paper includes considerations to follow for continuous improvement models.
Original Publication Citation
Escobales, N., & Verma, A. (2021). Pedagogical methods and advances for synchronous/asynchronous instruction of laboratories in engineering technology programs. Paper presented at 2020 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, May 6-9, 2020, Virtual. http://dx.doi.org/10.18260/1-2-370-38715
Escobales, Nestor and Verma, Alok, "Pedagogical Methods and Advances for Synchronous/Asynchronous Instruction of Laboratories in Engineering Technology Programs" (2021). Engineering Technology Faculty Publications. 154.