In the summer of 1997, the Engineering Management Department of the University of Missouri-Rolla's (UMR) began offering its first Internet-based graduate level course. This course, Advanced Production Management, was designed to utilize a combination of Internet-based tools, such as EMail and Chat rooms to create a alternative means for the delivery of course material. This paper will draw these following conclusions from more than a year of research, which included over 100 students in six different course offerings. First, the Internet-based students performed equally as well as the control group students. Second, students tend to have exaggerated time requirement expectations for Internet-based classes. Third, students tend to have positive course effectiveness experiences. Fourth, students tend to be very skeptical of electronic lectures but their experiences are positive. Fifth, learning styles play a role influencing student expectations regarding Internet-based education. This influence is especially strong in student course time expectations and both the effectiveness and satisfaction of the use of EMail and Chat rooms.

Meeting Name

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Engineering Education to Serve the World (1999: Jun. 20-23; Charlotte, NC)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Second Department

Psychological Science


American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Keywords and Phrases

Classrooms; Engineering management courses; Instructors; Video lectures; Curricula; Electronic mail; Internet; Learning systems; Students; Teaching; Technical presentations; Engineering education

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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