Effect of Student Location on Assessment of Instruction and Grade Assignment by ProQuest

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The University of West Florida (UWF) offers Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited undergraduate programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering. [...] December 2008, the engineering programs were joint programs with the University of Florida. Many degree programs offer courses at UWF Emerald Coast locations (e.g., criminal justice, teacher education, hospitality management, computer science, etc.), but, due to a unique delivery method, the engineering department offers a complete degree program that includes all required laboratory courses.

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									Effect of Student
Location on Assessment
of Instruction and Grade
Assignment
             Bassam Shaer, Mohamed A. Khabou, and Andreas Fuchs


INTRODUCTION


D
         istance/remote education has         authors have investigated different dis-
         evolved since 1982 when Penn         tance learning environments (Blackwood
         State offered a distance educa-      1968). Spooner (1999) define distance edu-
tion program that utilized the U.S. Postal    cation as any form of education that geo-
Service to deliver instructional material     graphically separates students and
(Carnevale, 2000; Mirakian & Hale, 2007).     instructor and requires communication
Distance education encompasses interac-       through media. Nowadays, media is often
tive audio, video, and lecture material       interaction through the Internet via video,
between multiple locations. Numerous          audio, Web technologies, and e-mail.




                 Bassam Shaer,                             Mohamed A. Khabou,
     Electrical and Computer Engineering           Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Department, University of West Florida,       Department, University of West Florida,
  1350 N. Poquito Road, Shalimar, FL 32579.              11000 University Parkway,
         Telephone: (850) 833-9381.                        Pensacola, FL 32514.
            E-mail: bshaer@uwf.edu                     Telephone: (850) 857-6031.
                                                        E-mail: mkhabou@uwf.edu



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   The University of West Florida (UWF)             Approximately seven years ago and pri-
offers Accreditation Board for Engineering       marily due to the needs of the Air Force as
and Technology (ABET) accredited under-          well as supporting contractor companies,
graduate programs in electrical engineer-        UWF began offering its electrical engineer-
ing and computer engineering. Until              ing and computer engineering programs
December 2008, the engineering programs          in FWB using a synchronous distance edu-
were joint programs with the University of       cation model. At the outset, no faculty
Florida. UWF, with a student body of             were located in FWB and all classes were
approximately 10,000, has its main campus        delivered from Pensacola. Now, three full-
in Pensacola but has a strong presence in        time and one adjunct faculty out of an
areas to the east through its Emerald Coast      engineering faculty body of seven full time
branch campus locations. The largest of          and two adjuncts are resident in FWB.
these branch campuses is located in Fort            Due to the demanding nature of an
Walton Beach (FWB) due in large part to          engineering curriculum, all lecture courses
the proximity of Eglin Air Force Base and        in the UWF engineering program are
associated contractor companies that             offered in an interactive distance learning
require a highly skilled engineering work-       stu
								
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