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Improving Student Learning of Basic Electronic Circuits Concepts using Web-Based Tools

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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ECE Distance Education

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Electrical and Computer

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24.721.1 - 24.721.11



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Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu received his MS degree in 1991 and Ph.D. degree in 1995 both in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University-Dallas, TX. He is currently a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. His research interests include Digital Signal Processing applications, Digital Image Processing and Communication Systems. He has numerous research and teaching related papers and presentations. Dr. Aliyazicioglu is a member of the IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.

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Phyllis R. Nelson California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Shailesh Sujanani California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Shailesh Sujanani is a student from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona currently working on a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He currently works under Dr. Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu and Dr. Rajan Chandra on a project to improve student learning and retention of basic electronic circuits concepts using web-based tools.

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Jolly Kuo Cal Poly Pomona

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Jolly Kuo is born in Mountain View California. Graduated from Los Altos High school California. Currently a computer engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona (bachelors degree) with interests in the field of Unix, C/C++/Java/HTML5/Xilinx programming, FPGA, Microcontroller, and modern technology research. Expected to graduate from Cal Poly Pomona in June 2015.

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Improving Student Learning of Basic Electronic Circuits Concepts using Web-Based Tools Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu, Rajan M. Chandra, Phyllis R. Nelson, Jolly Kuo, and Shailesh Sujanani Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California 91768, USA.Student success in electrical engineering is built on mastery of foundational networkanalysis concepts such as Kirchhoff's laws and the Thevenin and Norton theorems.However, the course in which these concepts are taught comes early in thestudent's post baccalaureate career. Many students at this level have not yetdeveloped basic skills such as effective note taking, building conceptual frameworksthat integrate new ideas with existing knowledge, and the need to utilize conceptsfrom prerequisite courses. This paper describes web-based supplemental materialsdeveloped at California State Polytechnic University Pomona that enable students atany time during their academic career to review and practice these foundationalnetwork analysis concepts, and presents assessment results showing that thesetools have improved student learning. We intend to improve learning and retentionby providing engaging interactive online resources, including lectures, motivated bypractical real world examples and supported by embedded self-tests. Theselearning materials are online to enrich freshman electrical engineering learning, butcan also be accessed by students in follow-on courses to refresh their knowledge-base at any time.

Aliyazicioglu, Z., & Nelson, P. R., & Sujanani, S., & Kuo, J. (2014, June), Improving Student Learning of Basic Electronic Circuits Concepts using Web-Based Tools Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20613

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