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Improving the Instructional Strategies of Traditional Electrical Engineering Course during the Pandemic

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Yasser Mahgoub Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Tyler

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Dr. Yasser Mahgoub is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UT Tyler. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 2009. His Ph.D. research topic focused on Co-channel Speech Separation Using State-space Reconstruction and Sinusoidal Modelling. This research was partially funded by the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) in Canada. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt in 1992 and 1999, respectively.

Prior to joining UT Tyler, Dr. Mahgoub spent eight years as a faculty member in the Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes, Yanbu, KSA, and the Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. He also served as the head of the Curriculum Development Department at the Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes for three years.

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Prabha Sundaravadivel The University of Texas at Tyler

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Dr. Sundaravadivel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, at the University of Texas at Tyler. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas, Denton in 2018. She earned her Masters of Technology (M.Tech) in VLSI design from VIT University, India, in 2015 and Bachelors of Technology (B. Tech) in Electronics and Communication from SRM University, Chennai, India, in 2011.

Currently, she is working with a diverse multi-disciplinary research group of Graduates, Undergraduates, and High Schoolers as the Director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory (ISL) at UT Tyler. As a Faculty at the University of Texas at Tyler, she has been involved in outreach activities in East Texas to broaden participation in STEM.

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Engaging students throughout the semester has been particularly challenging through online and hybrid learning during the times of COVID-19. Each traditional course in the sophomore and junior level in the Electrical Engineering curriculum lays as a foundation or prerequisite for other courses, as the student advances in their Bachelors of Science (BS) degree. Failing to retain the student for the entire semester can cost them a year in their BS degree. Retaining the students in the online/hybrid courses means that the curriculum needs to be presented using more relatable and case-based methods, where students feel the significance of each learning objective and assessment. One solution is the integration of active learning techniques that can take advantage of the flexible timing that is not prevalent in the traditional classroom setting. In this paper, integrating problem-based learning (PBL) as an assessment tool in the EENG 3306 Electronics Circuit Analysis I course is discussed as a strategy to promote student engagement. This course was taught as an online and hybrid course at the University of Texas at Tyler, in both the Tyler and Houston campuses. The analysis results through the data collected in the assessment reflect the increased student engagement and enthusiasm in the curriculum.

Mahgoub, Y., & Sundaravadivel, P. (2021, March), Improving the Instructional Strategies of Traditional Electrical Engineering Course during the Pandemic Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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