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					               The Online Revolution
From e-books to MOOCs: Coping, adapting, embracing

   Intro             Frank Vahid
                       UC Riverside

   Systems          Smita Bakshi
                       Zyante CEO

   Research          Diane Rover
                     Iowa State Univ.

   Experiences      Yacob Astatke
                    Morgan State Univ.

   Options                 FV

                                              Yacob Astatke
                         OUTLINE


•   Introduction
•   Overview of MSU and our ECE program
•   Need for online ECE program
•   Online ECE Course Design
•   Current status of our online course development  
•   Future Work




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                        Yacob Astatke
               INTRODUCTION

• The use of technology in the classroom has
  greatly impacted engineering education
  during the last 20 years.
• BUT, traditional method of teaching, i.e.
  lecturing or “chalk-and-talk” is still
  dominant.
• Instructors need to deliver course content
  that students can access from anywhere at
  any time.
• WHY : today’s students expect it !!!


                                               Yacob Astatke
                      Overview of MSU


 • Morgan State University (MSU)  is an HBCU  located in 
   Baltimore, Maryland
    • ~8,000 students (Institution)
    • ~1,100 students (Engr)
    • ~500 students (ECE)




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                            Yacob Astatke
           Overview of our ECE program


• MSU is a member of Historically Black Colleges
  and Universities (HBCU): 105 total


• Only 14 HBCUs offer engineering programs


• MSU engineering program established in 1984


• Currently the #1 producer of African American
  engineers in the state of MD in ECE, CE, IE.

                                                   Yacob Astatke
        The need for Online ECE program

• Trends in higher education for the past 10
  years have shown that enrollments in online
  courses or online degree programs have
  been growing substantially faster (17%)
  than overall higher education enrollment
  (1.2% ).


• One discipline that has lagged behind all
  others in the development and delivery of
  online education is engineering.


                                                Yacob Astatke
       The need for Online ECE program

• The majorities of online engineering programs
  currently available are at the Master of Science
  level, and are geared towards professional
  engineers.


• Only a handful universities nationwide offer
  undergraduate BS degree program completely
  online.


• Need in MD : 2005 Base Realignment and
  Closure (BRAC).


                                                     Yacob Astatke
       The need for Online ECE program


• Projected to bring 28,000 positions to the
  state, primarily in the Harford and Anne
  Arundel County areas
• Problem: no four year engineering program
  in that area.
• Only two Community Colleges è
  Harford (HCC)
  Cecil Community Colleges (CCG)



                                               Yacob Astatke
        The need for Online ECE program

• Students enrolled at HCC , and CCG that are
  interested in pursuing engineering as a transfer
  student, have to travel or relocate to:
   – MSU è Baltimore City (26 miles),
   – UMBC è Baltimore County (42 miles),
   – UMCP è Prince George’s County (65 miles)
   – Univ of DE è Newark Delaware (35 miles)


• MSU has signed a MOU with HCC to offer an
  Electrical Engineering degree program.


                                                     Yacob Astatke
                The need for Online ECE program


Ø MSU will deliver a combination of
  face-to-face (F2F) courses on the 
  campus of HCC and online courses
  that will be offered directly from 
  the campus of MSU. 

Ø MSU offers to first and only
  completely online ECE program in 
  the State of MD




  Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                  Yacob Astatke
                 Online ECE Course Design



  Course Development Approach
ØPhase I - Implementation of  the Mobile 
StudioTM  Technology and Pedagogy
ØPhase II - Implementation of the Panopto 
FocusTM  Lecture Capture technology
ØPhase III - Implementation of the Adobe 
ConnectTM  Video Conferencing software


 Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                             Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                   Online ECE Course Design


  Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
   StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy

Ø Project funded by the NSF in 2008. 
     It  involves 5 universities
  
Ø Goal: to enable hands-on
     exploration of STEM    
     education  principles. 




  Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                              Yacob Astatke
                  Online ECE Course Design


  Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
   StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy
Ø It is a small, and inexpensive
  ($150) hardware platform for use
  in a home, classroom or remote
  environment.  

Ø Advantage è it replaces a rack of
  equipment that is equivalent to 
  $5,000 to $10,000 USD.


 Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                             Yacob Astatke
                     Online ECE Course Design


     Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
      StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy
Ø    The MS-Board contains the  6 different instruments 
1.   2 Channel Scope & Function Generator
2.   +4V & -4V DC power supplies
3.   16 Digital I/O ports & Spectrum Analyzer 




     Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                           Yacob Astatke
                 Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
 StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy
Ø We redesigned  various laboratory and design experiments 
  using sound pedagogy.
Ø Key issue:  device is USB powered è  Max Voltage is: +4V or 
  – 4 Volts. We also use 9V batteries 




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                            Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
 StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
 StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of Online Labs on Filter
  Design using the Agilent X Series Scopes with
  LAN Access ($1,000 USD)




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of Online Labs on Filter
  Design using the Agilent X Series Scopes with
  LAN Access




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of Online Labs on Filter
  Design using the Agilent X Series Scopes with
  LAN Access




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                Yacob Astatke
                 Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
 StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy

Ø We tested the new technology 
  and pedagogy on face to face
  (F2F), i.e. regular students for 2 
  years.
Ø Students completed their design
  projects at home, in their 
  dormitories, or in the library. 


Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                            Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Implementation of the Mobile
 StudioTM Technology and Pedagogy

 Ø Advantage for students è 
   freedom to work on design
   projects anywhere/anytime. 

 Ø Advantage for department è 
   decreases the wear and tear on 
   expensive equipment. 


Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                 Online ECE Course Design


Phase I – Comparison of Portable ECE Lab
 equipment

 Ø MS Board (RPI) è $150
 Ø MyDaq (TI) è $200-$250
 Ø Electronics Explorer 
   (Digilent) è $199 - $250
 Ø Agilent X-Series Scope+FG 
   è $1,000 
 Ø Analog Discovery (Digilent) 
   è $99 - $150

Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                            Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase II – Implementation of the Panapto
 FocusTM lecture capture technology
 Ø We used it to capture and record a 
   synchronized version of the text (using 
   PowerPoint), audio, and video from the daily
   lectures of the F2F  ECE courses.
 Ø Goal: allow online students to follow the 
   lectures and class discussions that occur in the 
   regular courses.  


Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                       Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase II – Implementation of the Panapto
 FocusTM lecture capture technology
 Ø  The online students  follow the lessons at their
   own pace and time: live stream or podcasts
 Ø They can  also send their questions to the 
   instructor using email, video conferencing, chat 
   rooms, or over the telephone. 




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                       Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase II – Implementation of the Panapto
 FocusTM lecture capture technology




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase II – Implementation of the Panapto
 FocusTM lecture capture technology




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase II – Implementation of the Panapto
 FocusTM lecture capture technology




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase II – Implementation of the Panapto
 FocusTM lecture capture technology




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase III – Implementation of the Adobe
 ConnectTM video conferencing software
 Ø To allow the online students to complete their 
   project and laboratory experiment 
   demonstrations completely online. 
 Ø Course instructor can schedule an online 
   project or laboratory experiment 
   demonstration time with students. 



Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                                     Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase III – Implementation of the Adobe
 ConnectTM video conferencing software




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase III – Implementation of the Adobe
 ConnectTM video conferencing software




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase III – Implementation of the Adobe
 ConnectTM video conferencing software




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase III – Implementation of the Adobe
 ConnectTM video conferencing software




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
                Online ECE Course Design


Phase III – Implementation of the Adobe
 ConnectTM video conferencing software




Growing the Future, Leading the World
                                           Yacob Astatke
           Results of our Online Courses


   The use of the lecture video capture technology 
    has allowed the online students to perform as 
    well as the F2F students (Electric Circuits) 




                                                  Yacob Astatke
          Results of our Online Courses


   The use of the lecture video capture technology 
    has allowed the online students to perform as 
    well as the F2F students (Signals and Systems) 




                                                  Yacob Astatke
         Conclusion and Future Work


• MSU has completed the development of its
  online B.S. ECE program (Fall 2013-start)
• We are willing to share our experiences with
  other institutions that are interested.




                                                 Yacob Astatke
           Acknowledgments



• NSF “Smart Lighting Engineering Research
  Center (ERC)”
• NSF “Center for Mobile Hands-On STEM
  Education”
• Maryland Higher Education Commission
  (MHEC)




          QUESTIONS ????
                                             Yacob Astatke

				
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