Taking an Undergraduate Course Online
In 2012, the Electronic Engineering and Computer Science department in the College of Engineering created an online version of Computer Science 100. The course, taught by Dr. Lila Holt, is open to all university majors and designated as a Quantitative Reasoning course for the General Education Requirements. Moving the course to an online asynchronous format offered students convenience and flexibility of their study schedule and location, helped the department to attract a wider and more diverse student audience, and satisfied the instructors’ passion for teaching technology with technology.
In this spotlight, Dr. Holt is sharing her experience developing and teaching an online course. According to Dr. Holt, the biggest challenge she encountered was her need to maintain clear and concise communication with the students. Her solution included the use of email; LiveOnline@UT, a synchronous online system; and regular office hours to meet with students face-to-face. Instead of lecturing in class, the course material is presented online via PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos, and online lessons. Dr. Holt’s advice for aspiring online instructors is this: “Don’t reinvent the wheel” and seek the OIT professionals’s assistance.
Watch the video to learn more about Dr. Holt’s experience with the online course. Visit the Spotlight Archive to learn how other faculty use technology in their classes and research.