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Open source in STEM program for effective learning in developing nations

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2017 ASEE International Forum


Columbus , Ohio

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II - Courses II

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Simon Obeid DeVry University, Orlando

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Dr. Simon Obeid is a full-time faculty in the College of Engineering & Information Sciences at DeVry University in Orlando, Florida. He is also serving the Department Chair of the College of Engineering & Information at DeVry Orlando. He was the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Information in Columbus, Ohio. He holds Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina, and formerly worked as a test engineer for Albany Instruments Incorporated. He has published and presented numerous scholarly works. His areas of interest are Non-destructive testing and GMR magnetic sensors. His teaching philosophy is to create intellectually appropriate activities, an exciting environment in the classroom to stimulate student creativity, and to engage students to help them reach their academic and career goals.

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Since there are not sufficient funds to support STEM education in developing nations, thus, open source applications would be the solution to this dilemma. Open source software technology depends on collaborative work among people from all over the world, therefore, students in developing nations can gain their experiences while they are contributing to open source projects and earn their degrees while they are at their home county and no need to travel to study abroad. Schools can utilize STEM open source for teaching that leads to build robust education for students and help build their future and move out of poverty. In this paper we discuss Open source as tools and applications to enhance students learning in STEM education. Examples of open sources, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Linux Fedora will be discussed in this paper. Best practice of STEM projects in classroom based on open source application will be demonstrated. Assessment results will be analyzed. This might inspire freshmen students and empower women to enter STEM education field in developing countries.

Obeid, S. (2017, June), Open source in STEM program for effective learning in developing nations Paper presented at 2017 ASEE International Forum, Columbus , Ohio.

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