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Enhancing Laboratory Experiences with Portable Electronics Experiment Kits

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.571.1 - 25.571.14



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Jason Yao East Carolina University Orcid 16x16

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Jianchu (Jason) Yao received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor of engineering at East Carolina University. His research interests include wearable medical devices, elehealthcare, bioinstrumentation, control systems, and biosignal processing. His educational research interests are laboratory/project-driven learning and integration of research into undergraduate education. Yao is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

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Loren Limberis East Carolina University

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Loren Limberis joined the engineering faculty at ECU in Aug. 2006. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Utah. Limberis taught for several years as an Assistant Professor at the College of New Jersey and was a Research Analyst with Southwest Research Institute prior to his academic career. His research interests focus on designing techniques to utilize nature’s highly complex and sophisticated biological systems to develop biohybrid devices for use in biotechnology applications.

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Steve Warren Kansas State University

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Steve Warren received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in 1989 and 1991, respectively, followed by a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin in 1994. Warren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University. Prior to joining KSU in Aug. 1999, Warren was a Principal Member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. He directs the KSU Medical Component Design Laboratory, a facility partially funded by the National Science Foundation that provides resources for the research and development of distributed medical monitoring technologies and learning tools that support biomedical contexts. His research focuses on plug-and-play, point-of-care medical monitoring systems that utilize interoperability standards; wearable sensors and signal processing techniques for the determination of human and animal physiological status; and educational tools and techniques that maximize learning and student interest. Warren is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Enhancing Laboratory Experiences with Portable Electronics Experiment KitsThis paper presents cumulative findings from using a custom portable electronicsexperiment kit (PEEK) in electronics courses offered as part of a general engineeringprogram. Each PEEK includes National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW® virtual instrumentsrunning on a laptop, a portable NI myDAQ® personal data acquisition device, a RapidAnalysis and Signal Conditioning Laboratory (RASCL) unit, and supporting peripheralcomponents. These tools provide a new form of laboratory experience that frees studentsfrom traditional benchtop settings and expands laboratory activities into more ubiquitouslearning environments. Two electronics courses in a general engineering curriculum (ENGR3014—Circuit Analysis and ENGR 3050—Instrumentation and Controls) were piloted for thisNSF CCLI (TUES) project. The first course was offered twice; the latter once. Outcomesassessed within the ABET framework include students’ ability to (a) apply math andscience, (b) conduct experiments and interpret data, and (e) solve problems. Experimentaland control groups were compared with respect to these outcomes. Results from theseearly course offerings support the hypothesis that this approach to hands-on laboratoriescan improve these learning outcomes. This paper focuses on the modified laboratoryexperience and the assessment of its effectiveness as a supplement to previously publishedwork related to this project. It summarizes observed benefits from the use of these tools,such as more efficient task completion, the flexibility to complete tasks that remainunfinished during the scheduled laboratory session, and the ability for students to achievelaboratory objectives at their individual paces.

Yao, J., & Limberis, L., & Warren, S. (2012, June), Enhancing Laboratory Experiences with Portable Electronics Experiment Kits Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21328

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