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Distance Learning Opportunities For Electronic Engineering Technology Graduates Of Community Colleges

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Conference

2004 Annual Conference

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Building Bridges with Community Colleges

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

9.468.1 - 9.468.8

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https://peer.asee.org/13985

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William Blanton

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Session 2148

Distance Learning Opportunities for Electronic Engineering Technology Graduates of Community Colleges

Wm. Hugh Blanton East Tennessee State University

ABSTRACT

A growing pool of graduates from the two-year community college technology programs has become aware of the need for expanded knowledge and the B.S. degree to enhance their professional opportunities. Unfortunately, many of these graduates are working and are isolated by distance from the limited number of universities that provide the B.S. degree in Technology and by the times they can attend classes. Distance learning provides a solution to this challenge, but creates the dilemma associated with teaching lab-intensive courses off campus. It is too expensive to buy equipment that is used irregularly; yet it is too cumbersome to haul the equipment back and forth. One solution to teaching electronic lab-intensive courses is National Instruments’ NI ELVIS (Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite) which integrates both hardware and software to shrink the workspace to only two elements: the experiment interface and a computer. All the traditional instruments (DMM, function generator, oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer) are now software. In addition, specialized instruments such as a transistor curve tracer, programmable power supplies, vector impedance meter, arbitrary waveform analyzer, 8-bit digital bus drivers are included in the suite of software instruments. Both hardware and software are completely open so innovation at the experiment, interfacing, or software level can flourish.

INTRODUCTION

The Problem

The knowledge base and credentials required for job advancement in technology continue to increase. A growing pool of graduates from the two-year community college technology programs has become aware of the need for increased technical knowledge and the B.S. degree to enhance its professional opportunities and growth. Unfortunately, members of this pool are often older, have job and family obligations, and are isolated by significant distances from any four-year technology program.

The desire to obtain the knowledge and credentials for professional growth has been demonstrated at East Tennessee State University by the successful cohort programs developed by the Industrial Technology Program and the Construction Engineering Technology Program in

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