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Pedagogical And Structural Considerations In The Design Of A Set Of Control System Lessons

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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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4.414.1 - 4.414.8

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Brian Holt

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E. J. Mastascusa

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Session 2358

Pedagogical And Structural Considerations In The Design Of A Set Of Control System Lessons

E. J. Mastascusa Electrical Engineering Department and Brian Hoyt Instructional Technology Administrator Bucknell University


This paper discusses design considerations for a set of electronically delivered lessons on control systems. The design of these lessons is based upon pedagogical principles initially discovered by Kolb, and which have have come into wide use in engineering education. The design of the lesson set is also influenced by certain structural considerations related to the platform on which they are delivered and the authoring system in which they are written. The paper discusses how all of the design considerations influence the actual structure and implementation of the lesson set.


This paper discusses the design of a set of electronically delivered control system lessons. Classical control systems is a discipline taught by electrical engineering, mechanical engineering (sometimes emphasizing system dynamics) and chemical engineering (emphasizing process control), and there are numerous texts in the area. It is a discipline that is rich in visual tools and graphical design procedures including at least frequency response plots and methods (Nyquist and Bode’ plot based) and the root locus. As such it gives ample opportunity for pictorial presentation of information and has a large number of opportunities for simulation and graphics animation, all making it attractive for electronic delivery. In addition, students are more oriented to electronic delivery of material, web based and others, and often find printed texts to be less useful than we, the instructors, believe.

We have experimented with electronic delivery of other course material in the linear stem of our curriculum, with apparent good results, and, in the early part of 1998, decided to embark upon development of an integrated set of material for the course(s) in classical control systems. Our engineering background predisposed us to design these courses using what we knew of what was available about how students learn and their

Holt, B., & Mastascusa, E. J. (1999, June), Pedagogical And Structural Considerations In The Design Of A Set Of Control System Lessons Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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