Instructional Resources for Engineering Online Faculty
There are many resources that can enhance the online learning experience for students while making your job as a Distance Education instructor easier. Our goal is to share various instructional strategies and associated technologies currently in use by some of your engineering colleagues.
North Carolina State University has a strong track record in the delivery of high quality opportunities for distance learning. Many of the resources described on these pages are university-supported and available to any faculty member at no cost. Additionally, Engineering Online staff members, who are aware of the specific needs of teaching and learning in engineering, can also provide support for integrating these resources into your teaching. All of these resources have been locally reviewed and are in use by your colleagues here at NCSU.
If you have specific questions about any of these resources or have other instructional challenges for which you'd like to find practical solutions, feel free to contact Dede Nelson, who serves as the Engineering Online Faculty Resource Coordinator. Dede can be reached at email@example.com or 919.515.9149
Synchronous communication options for DE faculty and students
EOL faculty have found that synchronous communication via web conferencing applications can add a valuable dimension to their students' learning experience. Many are using NCSU supported Blackboard Collaborate with their students for online office hours, TA help sessions, advising or for student-led work group work.
WebEx is another web conferencing option that will soon be available on a fee basis through OIT ComTech. "WolfMeeting", as it will be known, is a full-featured video conferencing application that allows users with a desktop, laptop, iPad or iPhone to collaborate, present and share content. WebEx includes features such as allowing PDF or MS Office formatted documents to be shared and annotated. ComTech currently has a pilot of this WebEx product and has extended it through the end of January. For more information about how you can participate in the pilot, see ComTech's WebEx Pilot Request Form.
Getting started with web-conferencing in your teaching and learning
With an increase in cross-functional teams that are often spread around the globe, engineering professionals frequently use web conferencing products to communicate. Course related assignments involving technology in use in the workplace can provide students with valuable real-world communication experience. To learn more about web conferencing options for your course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other instructional tools to supplement your teaching
Flash Video Clips of Problem Solutions: LiveScribe
LiveScribe calls their product a smartpen and they define it as a “computer within a pen” that can capture handwriting and simultaneously record audio and synchronize it to the writing. Different than any digital pen, the Echo lets users tap on their notes to replay what was recorded from the exact moment they were writing.
The Echo, adds audio recording synchronized to your handwriting. Point the pen to a spot in your notes (or click on your computer screen), and hear what was said when you wrote it. Here is a sample of a flash video clip that is generated through this product:
Several versions of the pen are available. The 2GB version (starting at $99) will have storage for 200 hours of audio and 32,000 pages of digital notes.