IRVINE, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Dimas, Ph.D., director of engineering, sciences, and information technology at University of California, Irvine Extension and lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been invited to present a paper describing research on the operational and learning efficiencies of hybrid courses at the 120th American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition in Atlanta, Ga., on June 24. In light of recent legislation and $10 million in funding by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown to increase the number of online courses in the University of California system, Dimas co-authored the paper with Professor Faryar Jabbari titled "Outcome, Economic and Operational Benefits of Hybrid Courses: A Public Research University Perspective." In his presentation, Dimas will discuss the measurable improvements in student satisfaction, course outcomes and operational efficiency from a two-year experiment at UC Irvine, which combined technology and pedagogical approaches to enhance all facets of a UC education for engineering students through online learning modalities.
"It is exciting to see how UC Irvine's research supports the power of hybrid courses to improve learning outcomes in the face of declining state and federal funding, while defining clear and convincing paths to motivate faculty to adopt online pedagogy," said Dimas. "The significant and measurable impact from implementing instructional technologies and assessment tools indicates that challenges such as increased class size, delayed instructor feedback and non-uniform needs of students can be addressed while meeting the growing demand for flexible and personalized online learning."
ASEE hosts the world's premier conference dedicated to engineering education across all disciplines. The annual event provides a venue for engineering educators to share proven new and cutting-edge techniques in classroom engagement and instruction. Expecting more than 4,000 attendees at this year's event, conference activities will include presentation, workshops, technical sessions and an awards banquet.
Dimas will present in session M552, "Delivery Methods in Mechanical Engineering Courses." He will speak alongside representatives from Seattle University; University of Connecticut; Kettering University; Baker College, Flint; and Manhattan College.
As the director of UC Irvine Extension's engineering, science and technology departments, Dimas manages the development and promotion of current curriculum as well as evaluates the need for additional courses and certificate programs. Prior to joining UC Irvine Extension, Dimas worked at Santa Ana, Calif.-based MSC Software. While at the simulation solutions company, he served in a number of top-level management positions including director of training services, customer support, educational sales and product documentation. In addition to his dedicated work with UC Irvine students and alumni, Dimas has been instrumental in securing several large software gifts to the Samueli School, valued cumulatively at more than $20 million. He was also honored with the university's distinguished alumni award in 2006.
For more information on the ASEE annual conference, visit http://www.asee.org/conferences-and-events/conferences/annual-conference/2013.
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