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Integrating Lecture and Laboratory in an Analog Electronics Course Using an Electronics Explorer Board

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Experiential Learning in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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22.910.1 - 22.910.15



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Kenneth V Noren University of Idaho, Moscow

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Kenneth V. Noren recieved the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1987, 1989, and 1992, respectively.
He is a Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho located in Moscow, Idaho. His research interests are in the area of design and modeling of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and in methods for engineering education.

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Integrating Lecture and Laboratory in an Analog Electronics Course Using an Electronics ExplorerBoardThis paper discusses the use of an Electronics Explorer Board in a senior course class in analogelectronics. The Electronics Explorer Board is essentially a portable electronics laboratory on asingle board and contains a four-channel 40 MSa oscilloscope, a two-channel arbitrary waveformgenerator, programmable DC power supplies and voltage references, and digital functions. Througha USB port, it connects to the computer where the instrumentation can be controlled and waveformsdisplayed. It’s main advantage in classroom use is that it enables students to perform laboratoryexperiments and build and test circuits on their own almost anywhere they choose. Furthermore, itallows laboratory courses to be offered off-campus through video or web-based and is anoutstanding tool for classroom demonstrations. This paper will discuss the use of the board in asenior course in analog electronics, a methodology for integrating the board and experiments into thecourse, issues that arise with the integration, and student feedback about their laboratory experienceusing the board.

Noren, K. V. (2011, June), Integrating Lecture and Laboratory in an Analog Electronics Course Using an Electronics Explorer Board Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18235

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