June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
23.713.1 - 23.713.12
Improving ECE Education in Sub-Saharan African Countries Using the Mobile Studio Technology and PedagogyAbstractFour choices for session topics : 1. Engineering Education in Sub-Saharan Africa 2. U.S./Africa Engineering Education Partnership 3. Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges for Global Engineering Education 4. Techniques in Web-based and Technology Enhanced Education around the Globe Developing nations, especially those located in Sub-Saharan Africa have realized thathigher education is critical for their future economic development. For the past 5 years, theUniversity Capacity Building Program (UCBP) of Ethiopia has undertaken a large-scale capacitydevelopment and construction project of 13 universities at 15 different sites throughout thecountry, mostly in rural locations. Expanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM) education in colleges and universities is very challenging because it requires additionallaboratories and specialized equipment that are very expensive to purchase and maintain. STEMeducation is also minimized and sometimes compromised when the ratio between the availableequipment and the number of students becomes high. The solution to such a problem is to eitherdecrease the studio/laboratory equipment ratio, or increase the number of laboratory equipment.Although achieving both goals seems unattainable, the development and availability of new stateof the art teaching/training laboratory equipment has started making this vision a reality. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of Morgan State University(MSU), in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and other partner institutionshas been testing a new state of the art ECE laboratory equipment called the Mobile Studio I/OBoardTM to conduct and teach ECE laboratory experiments from anywhere at any time. It is asmall and inexpensive ($150) hardware platform that duplicates a large amount of ECElaboratory hardware valued at around $5,000 when coupled with a laptop that runs the MobileStudio DesktopTM software. This paper will discuss the results of a three year internationalcollaboration between MSU and two universities in Ethiopia that used the Mobile Studio I/OBoardTM technology and pedagogy to enhance their ECE curriculum. Initial results indicate thatthe use of the new technology has allowed the students of the two participating Ethiopianuniversities to finally be able to conduct more hands-on laboratory experiments and design moreadvanced circuits for their senior projects. The use of inexpensive and portable ECE laboratoryequipment such as the Mobile Studio I/O BoardTM , or Analog DiscoveryTM has the potential torevolutionize ECE education in developing countries world-wide.
Astatke, Y., & Scott, C. J., & Ladeji-Osias, J. O., & Connor, K. A., & Yitbarek, S. F., & Sweets, A. E., & Moazzami, F. (2013, June), Improving ECE Education in Sub-Saharan African Countries Using the Mobile Studio Technology and Pedagogy Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19727
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