Adapting Online Learning for the US Military Academy
Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference
This research explores how online learning is conducted for higher education. This is a rapidly growing field that allows student-teacher interaction to occur beyond the traditional classroom environment. This work specifically considers the various modes that online learning can use to disseminate information. It reviews the current and emerging technologies that allow for connectivity and feedback between educators and students. The author then considers the perceptions of online learning held by both students and faculty, as well as how effective it is. After considering best practices from across many institutions and organizations, specific techniques are recommended to the United States Military Academy (USMA). USMA has special academic requirements that extend beyond the classroom and incorporate academic, physical, military, character, and leadership development. These recommendations are meant to help develop cadets through engagement via virtual platforms as appropriate. Key insights include the need to maintain personal interactions and relationships, in-person or virtually, as well as the need to produce high-quality, short video lectures in order to maximize engagement during scheduled course meeting times. Faculty members must adjust and produce content that is engaging to students to promote preparation and discussion in live, virtual sessions.
Vetter, R. (2021, July), Adapting Online Learning for the United States Military Academy Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. doi: https://doi.org/10.18260/1-2--36649
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