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Design Of A Module For Teaching/Learning Spectral Analysis

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.336.1 - 6.336.6



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Natalie Smith

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Julie Greenberg

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This work concerns the design of a module for teaching/learning spectral analysis with emphasis on biomedical applications. The module design is based on the principles of the “How People Learn” framework as embodied in the STAR Legacy model. This model includes components aimed at providing context and motivation, facilitating exploration, developing in-depth understanding, and incorporating opportunities for self-assessment. In the spectral analysis module, this is accomplished by augmenting traditional teaching methods (lectures, laboratory exercises, and homework problems) with small group discussions, peer-to-peer learning, and novel interactive exercises. These interactive exercises consist of a web-based tutorial accompanied by an interactive demonstration of spectral analysis. This demonstration performs spectral analysis of cosine, ECG, and speech signals, and allows user selection of key parameters. The tutorial questions are designed to promote exploration and understanding of key concepts and to encourage constructive use of the interactive demonstration (as opposed to ‘fiddling’ with parameters). Links to general text summaries of key concepts, a glossary, specific hints, and general tips accompany the tutorial questions. Plans for assessment of the module’s effectiveness are briefly discussed.

Smith, N., & Greenberg, J. (2001, June), Design Of A Module For Teaching/Learning Spectral Analysis Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9084

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