June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Electrical and Computer
Demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses continue to rise. Given personnel and budgetary constraints, we explored an approach that provides more individual assistance to students, while simultaneously allotting the student more time to practice essential course competencies. In the Fall of 2016, the undergraduate 300 level Analog Electronics Laboratory at the West Virginia University Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, set up one of its four sections offered in an online fashion as a “lab in a box.” This approach is a set of hands-on exercises where students design, build, and test circuits at home using an inexpensive electronics kit, digital multimeter, and a USB oscilloscope. With this “lab in a box,” the students, at their own chosen time and location, conduct several multi-week laboratory experiments such as basic amplifier design, LED four channel color organs, and frequency response of circuits. Each week, students use online tools such as discussion boards and blogs, a web-based course management system, built into the campus Learning Management System. This method allowed the TA to provide feedback, as well as other students who may have a different approach to solve the problem. Different online tools were used during different lab experiments. The students’ understanding of the material was evaluated through the assessment of their lab reports. In this paper, the authors describe the setup of the “lab in a box” method, the use of TA tools, the effects this method has had on learning outcomes, and present qualitative student responses to this online approach to learning.
Hite, K. R., & Slimak, L. J., & Korakakis, D., & Ahern, T. C. (2019, June), An Online Approach to the Analog Electronics Laboratory Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32081
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