ERIC Number: ED393493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Delivering an A.S. Engineering Degree Program through Home Study Distance Education.
Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and the Extended Learning Institute (ELI) undertook a project to develop the mathematics, science, and engineering courses required to complete an entire Associate of Science degree in Engineering through home study distance education. The project's ultimate goal was to create asynchronous learning networks (ALNs), or interactive resources available at the learner's convenience. In the first phase of the project from January 1994 to December 1995, two engineering, one calculus, and one chemistry course were developed and evaluated. The results of the first phase indicated that students achieved completion and grade distribution rates comparable to other ELI courses and on-campus offerings of the same courses. In the second phase of the project, ALN's have been integrated into five courses offered in spring 1996 with over 100 students enrolled. Focus groups, faculty and staff interviews, and surveys are planned throughout the semester to evaluate these courses. Significant design challenges in the implementation of the project included maximizing access to learners in the areas of mandated computer components, sutdents' computer proficiency, and cost; developing effective physical science and engineering laboratory activities; transmitting graphical content; representing problem-solving processes instructionally; developing faculty competence without requiring universal expertise; and assuring portability of courses to other interested institutions. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale.
Identifiers: Northern Virginia Community College