Poster Session

Lessons Learned During our First On-line Course and First Hybrid Course

Track: Learning & Teaching Innovations

Your first hybrid course or first online course can be overwhelming. The best suggestion is to just go ahead and do it. Life is easier if find someone to work with, take as many technical boot camp courses you can, and use all the help available to you. In this presentation we present the lessons learned during our first online course and first hybrid course. We compare commercial software (Camtasia) and freeware (CamStudio), in the development of Voice over Slides Presentations. The steps involved in writing of an online book are discussed. Examples are given.

Joseph Trout
Assistant Professor of Physics
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Bio / Expertise:
Dr. Joseph J. Trout, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, New Jersey. Joseph was born in Camden, New Jersey and graduated Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Upon graduating, Joseph Trout enlisted in the United States Navy. He spent the majority of his five year enlistment in the Electrical Power Generating and Distribution Shop aboard the United States aircraft carrier, the USS Forrestal (CV-59). Here he became an expert in magnetic controllers, analog control circuits, and digital control circuits. During his enlistment he received letters of commendation from the captain and from the admiral for his work in overhauling the electrical systems of the power generating systems and the propulsion systems. He was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer Second Class / EM2.

From there Joseph Trout entered Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey. Graduating three years later, he took a position as lab director at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. During his tenure at Millersville University he entered the graduate program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Drexel University he was awarded a Research and Teaching Assistantship. His teaching duties included teaching engineering physics and environmental modeling courses. His research duties were with the Numerical Modeling Development Facility at Drexel University. Here Joseph worked with a research grade numerical model called the “Limited Area Mesoscale Prediction System (LAMPS90)”. His research used data collected during the “Experiment
on Rapidly Intensifying Cyclones over the Atlantic (ERICA)” to initialize the model. Joseph also used the data collected to verify the output of the model.

Joe Trout went to work at Sun Microsystems as an expert in numerical modeling and high performance computing after receiving his Master’s and Doctorate Degree. At Sun Microsystems he worked with research facilities including Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) to enhance their computer capabilities and improve their computational performance.

From here he was offered and accepted a position as Director of Undergraduate Engineering Physics Lab. Here he reconstructed and rewrote several experiments and co-authored a lab book “Physics Lab Manual” Trout, Tyagi, Ramos, Cnegage Publishing. During his tenure at Drexel, Dr. Trout also received the Stanley J. Gwiazda Professorship Award for excellence in teaching. Recently, Dr. Trout has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor in Physics position at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is continuing his research in computation atmospheric physics and his interest in data analysis using Fourier Analysis and Wavelet Analysis. He is presently working with the FAA to research the effect of local weather on the development and life of wake turbulence.

Dr. Joseph J. Trout lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his lovely wife Rosemary Trout. He divides his free time between running marathons, competing in triathlons, cooking food for Saint John’s Hospice and maintaining the computer labs at Saint Francis Xavier Grade School in the Fairmount Section of Philadelphia.

Rosemary Trout
Drexel University

Bio / Expertise:
Rosemary Trout, MS, studied Hospitality Management at The Pennsylvania State University, and earned her Master of Science in Food Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She spent time working for The Walt Disney Company in Lake Buena Vista Florida and EuroDisney in Marn La Valee, France. She specializes in teaching food safety protocol to food service industry professionals. She currently teaches undergraduate food science at Drexel University. She happily works with her husband on scholarship as well as in cooking volunteer meals at Saint John’s Hospice in Philadelphia where she lives with her husband Joseph.