A needs assessment for a graduate level course in optical networking

Qi Zhang, Jana Reisslein, James Klein, Martin Reisslein

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume9663
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Event8th International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics - Tucson, United States
Duration: Oct 6 2003 → …

Other

Other8th International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
CountryUnited States
CityTucson
Period10/6/03 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Zhang, Q., Reisslein, J., Klein, J., & Reisslein, M. (2003). A needs assessment for a graduate level course in optical networking. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 9663). [966310] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2207482