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Active Experiential Learning at a Distance

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Technology Curriculum and Programs

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Engineering Technology

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Zach Schreiber Purdue University, West Lafayette

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I am a Graduate Student and Instructor at Purdue University pursuing a Master's in Engineering Technology with a focus in Sustainable Energy. I instruct Fundamental Electronic Systems for non-electrical majors for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. I received my Bachelors of Science from Purdue in Mechanical Engineering Technology through the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and have experience in construction and manufacturing industries.

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Robert J. Herrick Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Robert J. Herrick is Purdue University’s Robert A. Hoffer Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology. He served as the Department Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Purdue University 2001-2010 and its Assistant Department Head in the 1990s. He has held leadership roles that include Tau Alpha Pi (President); ASEE ETLI; ASEE ETD; IEEE Press Editorial Board (Editor-in-Chief); FIE Steering Committee (Chair), ASEE ETC ET National Forum (co-founder and chair).

He has been recognized with national, regional, university, college, and department awards for outstanding teaching and professional service, including: Fellow of ASEE, ASEE’s Fredrick J. Berger Award and James H. McGraw Award; Purdue’s life-time Murphy Teaching Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching; induction into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers (an honor reserved for only 267 faculty in the history of Purdue University at the time of his induction); Purdue Teaching Academy Fellow and Executive Board (charter member); the Ronald Schmitz Award for Outstanding Service to FIE; the ASEE IL-IN Outstanding Campus Representative; the ASEE Hewlett Packard Award for Excellence in Laboratory Instruction; the ASEE IL-IN Outstanding Teaching Award; Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, in America, in Engineering and Science, and in Education.

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Anne M. Lucietto Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance and attributes of engineering technology students and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies.

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E-learning became the mode of instruction for students worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instruction was forced onto numerous online platforms quickly, some seamlessly and some not. For those not well versed in online education, the move of all forms of education, including hands-on, laboratory learning, deprived students of new experiences, skills, and knowledge due to a lack of provisions to perform remotely. Uncertain of the pandemic’s duration as well as the future of hands-education, these authors investigated new technology, equipment, and experiments that would provide a hands-on laboratory experience performed by students at a distance.

In response to the laboratory learning dilemma, these authors compiled a distance laboratory kit with physical equipment and components, detailed supplemental instructions, and online communication software to provide a remote live laboratory learning experience for the summer. The new distance learning format was implemented in the summer semester course with students successfully demonstrating a fundamental understanding of electronics while troubleshooting complications with instructor assistance. The instructors determined that the online communication tools provided a timely response between students and instructors to complete work seamlessly and address feedback for course improvements.

While the work was completed in a very challenging environment, the techniques and potential change to the learning environment provides the need to share successful implementation that supports the student’s learning experience. This paper documents the successful implementation of college-level hands-on laboratory experiments with electronics performed at a distance by students during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many laboratory classes transitioned to simulation software for experimentation, this course utilized physical equipment and components to conduct experiments and provide valuable experience, skills, and knowledge in the field of electronics off-campus.

Schreiber, Z., & Herrick, R. J., & Lucietto, A. M. (2021, July), Active Experiential Learning at a Distance Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36644

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