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E-Learning Initiative (2010/11)

Published on: Mon, 10/04/2010
Last Modified: Fri, 06/17/2011 - 2:18pm

$50,000 one time funding

This project will support the continued development of an online tool that will facilitate video conferencing for distance learning education.  It will provide for more flexible degree completion pathways that will serve students, support continued research in Engineering in this area, and promote the development of a more robust set of courses and programs available for electronic delivery.

Update: November 30, 2010

Requirements to develop the e-learning infrastructure were provided. No actual update on current progress was provided. They expect to evaluate approaches to implement the E-learning infrastructure. These include: use an outside server provider, purchase own server, and provide understanding of Big Blue Button (BBB) to interested faculty members. Also, they would Work with CTL to help bring better understanding of BBB to faculty members interested in delivering e-learning courses. No expenses have been charged yet. Part of fund will be used to pay Dr. Herb Kauffman, and part of it for conversion of courses to PowerPoint slides. Future efforts will include a search for an outside vendor and work on setting up BBB for CTL. Selected faculty will be encouraged Electrical and Computer Engineering to begin developing e-learning courses.

Update: April 30, 2011

Dr. Kaufman continued his investigation of “Synchronous Online Collaboration Tools” for the delivery of online courses. Of the three available options, Dr. Kaufman has concentrated mainly on setting up an Open Source software, namely Bigbluebutton. The Bigbluebutton software was installed and extensive testing with an actual class of students was conducted. The feedback from the students involved was very positive. There is also demonstrated feasibility of using a third party recording application from NHC software. A software product called Teamviewer was also investigated as a means of troubleshooting connectivity issues that students may face. Dr. Kaufman has also developed customization and branding for the Bigbluebutton product to address the specific use by the University of Windsor. On the development of the online academic program side, the requirements for an e-MEng program have been drafted and PDC forms have been filled out for eight courses.

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