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Instructional Strategies and Design for Immersive Wireless Communication Tutorials and Exercises

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 2

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Electrical and Computer

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14

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Joshua Alexéi García Sheridan Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-9981-743X

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Joshua García Sheridan is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His current research work include gaming and game-like interventions in engineering education and designing interactive educational tutorials for radio engineering, with research interests in explicitly mapping childhood stages of cognitive development to engineering knowledge and skills for K-12 curricula.

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Seungmo Kim Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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A PhD candidate at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Virginia Tech

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Richard M. Goff Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Education

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Richard M. Goff is a former aircraft structural test engineer, Peace Corps Volunteer, and computer entrepreneur; holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Richard has been teaching and engaging in research in multidisciplinary engineering design education for over twenty years. Dr. Goff is the recipient of several university teaching awards, outreach awards, and best paper awards. His passion is creating engaging learning environments by bringing useful research results and industry practices into the classroom as well as using design research results to inform engineering practice.

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Vuk Marojevic Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0002-1217-7052

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Vuk Marojevic graduated from University of Hannover (MS), Germany, and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (PhD), Spain, both in electrical engineering. He joined Wireless@Virginia Tech in Summer 2013 as a Research Associate. His research interests are in software-defined radio technologies with application to 4G/5G cellular, UAV, and spectrum sharing, among others. Dr. Marojevic has been instructor of undergraduate and graduate level classes at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain, and Virginia Tech.

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Nicholas F. Polys Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Nicholas F. Polys is Director of Visual Computing with Virginia Tech Research Computing Group and Affiliate Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has developed interactive 3D graphic content and systems for since 1996. His research interests lie at the center of graphics and Human Computer Interaction: the intersection of visualization, virtual environments, and perception. After his undergraduate research in Cognitive Science at Vassar College (1996), he jumped into the networked information space of the WWW developing audio, visual, and 3D assets and software. His doctoral work at Virginia Tech (2006) examined perceptual cues and layout behaviors for Information-Rich Virtual Environments for desktop to immersive platforms.

He is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Web3D Consortium. He is a co-author of the international standard (ISO) Extensible 3D (X3D), elected Director and President of the Web3D Consortium, and Chair of the Web3D User Interface Working Group.

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Ayat Mohammed Virginia Tech

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Ayat Mohammed graduated from Ain Shams University (MS), Egypt, and is finishing her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, USA, both in Computer Science. She joined Wireless@Virginia Tech in Summer 2015 as a graduate research assistant. Her research interests are in high-dimensional scientific data visualization for better human perception in desktop and immersive environments, and data analytics. Ayat has been an instructor of undergraduate level classes as well as faculty and graduate seminars at Virginia Tech and Ain Shams.

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Carl B Dietrich P.E. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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A licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, Carl Dietrich earned a BS EE degree from Texas A&M University, and MS EE and PhD EE degrees from Virginia Tech. He has taught courses in software defined radio, communications systems, electronics, and electromagnetic fields. He has also taught short courses on software defined radio since 2007, covering fundamental concepts and enabling technologies in addition to the use of open source software to develop and run SDR applications. In addition, Dr. Dietrich has performed and directed research in the areas of cognitive radio, software defined radio (SDR), multi-antenna systems, and radio wave propagation, and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He has worked at Virginia Tech, Bell Northern Research, and the Defense Information Systems Agency. He has served as chair of the Wireless Innovation Forum's Educational Special Interest Group, is a member of ASEE and Eta Kappa Nu, Senior Member of IEEE, and an Extra class amateur radio operator.

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Abstract

This paper presents first steps towards development and assessment of a curriculum and tutorials built around hands-on exercises intended to introduce introductory and advanced concepts in wireless communications to current and future STEM professionals in a more effective way. We describe the motivation for the tutorials and our approach to designing and developing the tutorials, and provide a list of planned tutorial topics. Assessment results are provided for two tutorials, one of which included an exercise that employed an Internet-accessible software-defined radio testbed. The tutorials were piloted with ten students in a graduate-level software-defined radio course. Based on these results we present conclusions and approaches for improving the initial tutorial exercise and the remaining tutorials and exercises as they are developed.

García Sheridan, J. A., & Kim, S., & Goff, R. M., & Marojevic, V., & Polys, N. F., & Mohammed, A., & Dietrich, C. B. (2017, June), Instructional Strategies and Design for Immersive Wireless Communication Tutorials and Exercises Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28541

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