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Improving Non-Electrical Engineering Student Engagement and Learning in Introductory Electronics Course through New Technologies

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Multidisciplinary Course Efforts

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Kenan Baltaci University of Wisconsin, Stout

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Kenan Baltaci is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout, in the Electrical Engineering
Technology Department. He received B.S. in electrical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University
in Turkey. Following, a master’s degree and doctoral degree in industrial technology was granted
from University of Northern Iowa.

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Andy S. Peng University of Wisconsin-Stout

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Andy S. Peng is an assistant professor with Computer Engineering Program in Engineering and Technology Department at University of Wisconsin - Stout since January 2014. Andy S. Peng is also a systems engineer staff at Lockheed Martin, MST since November 2005. From May 2003 to April 2004, Andy held a graduate research intern position with Aerospace Electronic System (AES) group at Honeywell International Inc. From July 1999 to July 2002, Andy held hardware design, sustaining, and test engineering positions at Dell Inc. In the summer of 1998, Andy was a summer research fellow with the Mayo Clinic.
Andy S. Peng received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Minnesota, in 2010 and 2004, respectively. He received B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Texas Tech University in 1999. His research interests include computer networks, network performance evaluation, network modeling and simulation, wireless sensor network, and engineering education.

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An introductory electronic course is a requirement for almost most of the non-electrical engineering students. It is a worthwhile opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge and multidisciplinary skills to be a valuable member of a diverse team to meet complex challenges of emerging problems. Providing valuable experience to students in these courses is crucial to help them understand basic concepts in Electronics as wells as raising their interest in electronics. This can be achieved in part by using appropriate technology in our curriculum. The purpose of this paper is to introduce new technologies such as demonstration, applets, etc. to help educators to improve their introductory electronics course curriculum for non-electrical engineering students. By using new technologies, Educators can expect the following contributions: • Students will be more active learners. • Students will understand concepts and complex mathematical relations better. • Students will be more interested in the class and will have more satisfaction. • Students will have more discussion and interactivity. • Students will gauge their level of understanding outside of the class. • Materials that can be covered in class will be extended. • The Quality of questions asked by students will improve. • Students will have access to these tools online.

Baltaci, K., & Peng, A. S. (2017, June), Improving Non-Electrical Engineering Student Engagement and Learning in Introductory Electronics Course through New Technologies Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28490

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