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Self-publish textbook for Embedded System Education using an MSP432 microcontroller

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Byul Hur Texas A&M University

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Dr. B. Hur received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea, in 2000, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. USA, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. He worked as a postdoctoral associate from 2011 to 2016 at the University Florida previously. His research interests include Mixed-signal/RF circuit design and testing, measurement automation, environmental & biomedical data measurement, and educational robotics development.

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In some Engineering fields such as Computer Engineering, the pace of the change is very fast. Some knowledge and information that used to be relevant a year ago may not be the case today. However, instructors need to deliver the up-to-date information to the students. Therefore, the instructors may need to update their materials for their courses frequently and periodically. A traditional textbook approach is to publish a book through a publishing company. However, it may tend to target a big volume of book sales, and it may tend to take a longer time to be published. In addition, this approach may not be a favorable method for the materials that needs frequent updates and with shorter new revision cycles. The author has been teaching a microcontroller/microprocessor application courses, and found that there was a need of updating lecture materials frequently. In addition, the author found that there was a need of finding a suitable textbook that matches with my education. In the past, the method in teaching this course was to use resources from the microcontroller manufacturers as well as multiple reference books. This method was viable in teaching; however, a new method of creating a book through a self-publishing method has been considered and applied in the author's course. The first edition of the MSP432 book was published through amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in January 2020. The strategy for this book project is to split it into two volumes. The method was effective in getting it started early as it could start with only one volume published. The second volume was completed during the semester. During the summer, two volumes are merged and revised. The second edition of the MSP432 book was published through amazon KDP in August 2020. These books have been used in an embedded system course in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. The second edition of the MSP432 will be continued to be used in Spring 2021. This method heled the course to be taught more systematically and focused. This is possible due to teaching resources that exactly match with my course schedule and course topics. In this paper, the comparison between methods of traditional publishing and self-publishing as well as the procedure of the Amazon KDP will be introduced, and the introduction to expansion to other self-publishing company including Barns & Noble Press. The self-publishing process for the case of the MSP432 books will be covered. The details of the course including laboratory sessions will be introduced. The brief summary of students’ feedback will be also included and discussed.

Hur, B. (2021, March), Self-publish textbook for Embedded System Education using an MSP432 microcontroller Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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