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Multimedia And Web Techniques For Teaching Circuits I

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.394.1 - 4.394.11

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Charles Slivinsky

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Session 3232

Multimedia and Web Techniques for Teaching Circuits I Charles Slivinsky University of Missouri-Columbia


A variety of computer and Web-based techniques are being employed for instruction in the sophomore-level electrical circuits course at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For the classroom lectures, presentation software is used; the slides produced are based on an archive of several years’ lecture notes and make effective use of graphics design techniques and simple animations; students use their paper copies to take notes during class. For homework, exercises based on a widely used set of computer-generated problems are employed. For electronic conferencing, both e-mail and a computer conferencing system are utilized. A photo roster is also prepared and distributed to students.

For delivery of grades, locally developed software is employed to send individual e-mail messages to students to provide them with the scores mirroring the scores that the teacher has recorded for them in the gradebook. For individual self-study, a set of multimedia tutorials is under development to use to review for exams; these tutorials play back on PCs and incorporate digital video along with text, graphics, and animation techniques. Additional work is being done to develop Web-based Java software for acquiring and processing student assessments of the classroom teaching materials and presentations on a lecture-by-lecture basis.

I. Introduction

The author began studying multimedia systems techniques several years ago to support the first electrical circuits course in electrical engineering. The next eight sections below discuss the status and plans for the suite of techniques that have been or are being developed. The final section gives the lessons learned to-date and the conclusions. The remainder of this section describes the circuits course.

Enginr 124 is a three-credit, three-lecture-per-week course on circuit analysis that covers traditional material and uses a standard text.1,2 The course description is shown in Table 1. This single course serves both EE majors and other engineering undergraduates.

II. Presentation Slides for Classroom Lectures

PowerPoint slides custom-prepared by the instructor are used in delivering the course lectures. The slides are created specifically to support the lectures, going beyond merely providing an outline of the particular lecture topic or reproducing text and figures directly from the course

Slivinsky, C. (1999, June), Multimedia And Web Techniques For Teaching Circuits I Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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