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It’s All About Engagement: Infusing the Mobile Studio Approach Throughout the Electrical Engineering Curriculum

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 5

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Electrical and Computer

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17

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https://peer.asee.org/37413

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Steven S. Holland Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Steven S. Holland is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He earned his BSEE degree from MSOE in 2006, and his MSECE and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Prior to joining MSOE in 2013, he was a Senior Sensors engineer at the MITRE Corporation. He primarily teaches courses in analog electronics, electromagnetics, and antennas.

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Jennifer L. Bonniwell Milwaukee School of Engineering Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6736-5758

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Dr. Jennifer L. Bonniwell joined the Milwaukee School of Engineering faculty as an assistant professor in 2016. She earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Her research interests include Kalman filtering, estimation, and undergraduate engineering education.

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Joshua D. Carl Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Joshua D. Carl is an Associate Professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He received a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from MSOE in 2005, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2012 and 2016, respectively. He teaches courses in embedded systems, digital logic, dynamic systems, control systems, and circuit analysis.

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Brian E. Faulkner Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Brian Faulkner's interests include teaching of modeling, engineering mathematics, textbook design, effect of applications in theory courses, and engineering epistemology,

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Richard W. Kelnhofer Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Kelnhofer is an Associate Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Formerly, he held engineering and managerial positions in the telecommunications industry. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in 1997 and is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Kelnhofer teaches courses in Power Electronics and Dynamic Systems.

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Cory J. Prust Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Dr. Cory J. Prust is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He earned his BSEE degree from MSOE in 2001 and his
Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2006. Prior to joining MSOE in 2009, he was a Technical Staff member
at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He teaches courses in the signal processing, communication systems, and embedded systems areas.

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Luke Gerard Weber P.E. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Abstract

A recent trend in electrical engineering programs is the adoption of mobile studio pedagogy, which champions small, portable, low-cost hardware/software systems in support of student-centric educational activities. To date, the engineering education literature on mobile studio usage has typically focused on the implementation of a mobile studio platform either in a single isolated course or several courses within a sequence. This work proposes infusing a hands-on mobile studio approach throughout the electrical engineering curriculum. This approach provides a cohesive experiential learning experience for students throughout their degree program and fosters a climate of inclusivity and accessibility. The electrical engineering curriculum at XXXX is being redeveloped as part of a conversion from a quarter to a semester system, which presents a unique opportunity to fully integrate a mobile studio approach as a core element of the curriculum. This paper presents a summary of the current state of the engineering education literature on mobile pedagogy and highlights empirically derived best practices. This sets the stage for a discussion of the proposed curriculum integration of a mobile studio model and how it has the potential to significantly increase student engagement. Finally, important logistics are examined, including considerations of a common mobile platform across multiple courses, models for student-owned hardware, mobile studio hardware selection, and classification of which courses may still require traditional bench or specialized hardware to achieve learning outcomes. While this case study presents a unique opportunity of integrating the mobile studio pedagogy as part of an entire curriculum redevelopment, the best practices and approaches are applicable to any faculty seeking ways to incorporate mobile studio pedagogy into their own courses.

Holland, S. S., & Bonniwell, J. L., & Carl, J. D., & Faulkner, B. E., & Kelnhofer, R. W., & Prust, C. J., & Weber, L. G. (2021, July), It’s All About Engagement: Infusing the Mobile Studio Approach Throughout the Electrical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37413

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