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Simulation Software for Online Teaching of ECE Courses

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Insights for Teaching ECE Courses - Session II

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Electrical and Computer

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Alireza Kavianpour DeVry University, Pomona

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Dr. Alireza Kavianpour received his PH.D. Degree from University of Southern California (USC). He is currently Senior Professor at DeVry University, Pomona, CA. Dr. Kavianpour is the author and co-author of over forty technical papers all published in IEEE Journals or referred conferences. Before joining DeVry University he was a researcher at the University of California, Irvine and consultant at Qualcom Inc. His main interests are in the areas of embedded systems and computer architecture.

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Online learning or e-learning has become an increasingly common choice for many people pursuing education. Online learning requires the student to participate and learn virtually via computer, as opposed to in a traditional classroom environment. Though online learning is not for everyone, it's important for prospective students to determine whether or not it's something they would like to pursue. The following are advantages and disadvantages for online learning:

Advantages -Online learning provides flexibility because students are able to work when it's convenient for them. Students can do all the homework from any location as long as they have access to computer. -A student can learn at his or her own pace. -Degrees can be completed in less time compared to traditional universities. -Students have fewer distractions, and it can be less intimidating to participate in the discussions. -Students have the opportunity to connect with and work alongside students from other locations.

Disadvantages -Students who have trouble managing their time may find it difficult. -Lack of interaction personally with other students and the instructor. -Technology and/or technology issues may be a barrier for some students.

This paper discussed the required simulation software for online teaching of Electrical and Computer Engineering courses. This author has taught these courses for more than three decades using traditional onsite and online method of teaching. With today’s trend of teaching courses online, especially with the challenges of teaching technical courses, the need to formulate an efficient online method of teaching technical courses and to replace physical interaction has a high priority. In this paper, the result of the authors’ finding in this field, new requirements and recommendations for teaching the technical courses online will be discussed. Different courses such as electronics, digital circuits, microprocessors, data communication, digital signal processing, and mechatronics are considered. Different techniques such as web conferencing and group interviewing are employed in the senior project course to replace physical interaction.

Keywords: E-learning, Electrical Engineering, LabVIEW, Logixpro, Multisim, Matlab, Online teaching, Senior Project, TIMS, VHDL, Wireshark

Kavianpour, A. (2019, June), Simulation Software for Online Teaching of ECE Courses Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33267

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