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A needs assessment for a graduate level course in optical networking
Author(s): Qi Zhang; Jana Reisslein; James Klein; Martin Reisslein

Paper Abstract

To explore the need for a graduate level engineering course in optical networking, a needs assessment consisting of (i) an investigation of 14 existing optical networking courses, (ii) an analysis of online surveys among the networking community and the ASU electrical engineering department, (iii) faculty interviews, and (iv) focus groups was conducted. Survey responses from a total of 61 respondents were received and analyzed. The results support the need for a graduate level course in optical networking. Our analyses indicate that a graduate course in optical networking should (i) focus on the basic mechanisms and current trends in optical networking, (ii) be based on a text book and instructor slides combined with collections of examples and problems. Regarding the optimal delivery method it was found that current students and faculty strongly prefer face-to-face delivery complemented by on-line readings and assignments, whereas working engineering professionals are more open to the idea of online courses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9663, Eighth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966310 (6 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.2207482
Show Author Affiliations
Qi Zhang, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Jana Reisslein, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
James Klein, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Martin Reisslein, Arizona State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9663:
Eighth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Barry L. Shoop; Grover Swartzlander, Editor(s)

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