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A Hybrid Approach to a Flipped Classroom for an Introductory Circuits Course for all Engineering Majors

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Flipped Electrical and Computer Engineering Classrooms 1

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Electrical and Computer

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26.57.1 - 26.57.23



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Steven G Northrup Western New England University

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Dr. Steven G. Northrup, an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western New England University, earned a BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MSEE & Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Before attending Vanderbilt University, he worked in the defense industry in Whites Sands, NM and in the automotive electronics industry designing climate control systems for Ford Motor Company. At Western New England University, he teaches Intro to Engineering, circuits I & II, senior lab, and embedded controls courses. His research interests are robotics, embedded control systems, and teaching methodologies and effectiveness.

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John J. Burke P.E. Western New England University

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John Burke received the B.S.E.E. degree from Northeastern University in 1984, and the M.S.E.E. degree from University of California at Los Angeles in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1993.

Dr. Burke joined the faculty of Western New England University (WNE) in 2000 and since 2004 he has been an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Burke’s primary teaching interests are Electromagnetics, Physics of Semiconductor Devices, High Frequency Circuit Design, Antenna Design and Analog Electronics.

Prior to joining WNE, Dr. Burke was with the EM Observables Division of Mission Research Corporation (MRC) from 1995 to 2000. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Burke was with the MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation (MSC) Corporation. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Burke was with Compact Software as a senior research engineer. From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Burke was with the Microwave Electronics Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts. From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Burke was with the Hughes Aircraft Corporation.

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A Hybrid Approach to a Flipped Classroom for an Introductory Circuits Course for allEngineering MajorsThe use of technology that allows students to view lectures or concept modules outside theclassroom has become popular in recent years. The most straightforward and accepteddefinition of a flipped-classroom was given by Lage, Platt, and Treglia “Inverting the classroommeans that events that have traditionally taken place inside the classroom now take place outsidethe classroom and vice versa”1. While many professors and instructors have taken the approachto completely flip the classroom, where the lectures are recorded and the classroom activities arepractice problems and perhaps group learning, this paper presents a hybrid approach.Researchers have pointed out that students prefer in-person lectures to video lectures but alsoprefer interactive activity-based classes to lectures2. Therefore, the authors of this paper chose toimplement and assess a hybrid approach to the flipped-classroom model. Approximately 40% ofthe lectures were recorded with equal in class time afforded for problem solving and classdiscussions of problem solving approaches. The balance of the lecture time was allocated for atraditional lecture style. The time spent in lecture, however, was not a traditional lectureapproach. The lectures were interactive where students were required to participate in theproblem solving. The lecture classes were small enough, no more than 32 students perclassroom, to allow for instructor-student interaction.This paper presents a detailed discussion of the course delivery – how the classroom time wasallocated, how the laboratory time was allocated, and how technology was utilized. Formativeand summative assessment of student achievement of course outcomes are also presented withcomparison to historical assessment of the traditional classroom. Finally, formative andsummative student feedback is presented.References:[1] M.J. Lage, G.J. Platt, and M. Treglia. Inverting the classroom: A gateway to creating aninclusive learning environment. The Journal of Economic Education, 31(1):30–43, 2000.[2] J.L. Bishop and M.A. Verleger, “The Flipped Classroom: A Survey of the Research”, inProceedings of the 120th ASEE Conference & Exposition, June, 2013., Atlanta, GA

Northrup, S. G., & Burke, J. J. (2015, June), A Hybrid Approach to a Flipped Classroom for an Introductory Circuits Course for all Engineering Majors Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23398

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