June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Electrical and Computer
This paper introduces inductive instruction strategy that is applied to Digital Systems design with VHDL class. This class demands extensive simulations using Xilinx ISE design suite and FPGA board for implementation and testing, which is tough and challenging for first-time learners. To improve students’ learning experience and outcomes, we integrate inductive instruction, active learning techniques and demonstration-based learning in the Digital System design class. In this paper, a specific circuit, e.g., 7-segment LED time-multiplexing circuit of S3 board, serves as an example to illustrate inductive instruction. The traditional instructional methods are adopted in 2014 while inductive instruction strategy is applied in 2015 for the first time and is further enriched in 2016. Students’ learning outcomes are recorded from 2014 to 2016. We observe that students have better understanding on the topics in 2015 and 2016. In addition, the teaching evaluations have improved over the past three years.
Zhao, Y., & Huang, S. (2017, June), Improving Student Understanding of Digital Systems Design with VHDL via Inductive Instruction Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28496
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