Transforming a TBL Programming Class from Face-to-Face to Online Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Lai, Joyce
Kesterson, Connor
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Selim, Mohamed
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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  • Department of Electrical Engineering (1909-1985)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1985-1995)

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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a public health emergency of international concern. The spread of the virus all over the world sent billions of people into lockdown. In light of rising concerns, a growing number of universities across the globe and specifically in the United States have either postponed or canceled all campus events such as workshops, conferences, sports, and other activities. Universities took intensive measures to prevent and protect all students, faculty, and staff members from the highly infectious disease. This resulted in migrating all face-to-face courses into an online course. In this paper, the authors present the impact of COVID19 on migrating a Team-based Learning C programming course from face-to-face to online delivery and its effect on student learning. The results section of this paper shows that the student learning curve was affected significantly by the sudden online delivery of the course.


This is a manuscript of a proceeding published as Lai, Joyce, Connor Kesterson, and Mohamed Y. Selim. "Transforming a TBL Programming Class from Face-to-Face to Online Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic." In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), pp. 863-867. IEEE, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/TALE48869.2020.9368319. Posted with permission.

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