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Simultaneous Implementation of Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 ECE Programs13 HBCU electrical and computer engineering programs are working collaboratively on the development,implementation, and expansion of Experimental Centric based instructional Pedagogy (ECP) inessentially all engineering courses in which electronics plays a significant role. The key experimentaltools used are what has been termed personal instrumentation (e.g. Mobile Studio, myDAQ, AnalogDiscovery, CircuitGear); with this project presently built around the use of Analog Discovery. A coupleof the collaborating institutions have previously implemented ECP in some of their courses, notably firstyear introduction to ECE and basic circuits and electronics. Also affiliated with the program are ECEfaculty from a handful of institutions where ECP is playing a strong role in engineering education.Through workshops, bi-weekly video conferences, and a wiki-like shared web site, all 13 institutions havebeen provided training and access to a wide variety of content successfully classroom tested byoutstanding teachers and educational researchers. With a high level of enthusiasm and creativity,participating faculty from all 13 partners have taken this content and made it their own by modifying it fortheir students, infrastructure, curricula, instructor background and interests, etc. In addition to developinginstructional units within existing courses, most have also introduced the new hardware to students indesign courses, especially senior design. Graduate students are also finding these exciting new tools intheir courses, in part to provide them with the training necessary for their roles as teaching assistants incircuits and electronics courses. The rapid introduction of ECP to the 13 schools is already so broadly-based that collectively almost every type of electronics intensive course is being impacted.While made possible by inexpensive and powerful personal instrumentation hardware and software, ECPis a much bigger and more fundamental concept in which any and all barriers to making experimentationa core part of any course can be largely eliminated. Doing traditional labs becomes much easier, but thereal power is in the integration of hands-on, experimentation-centric, active learning in what waspreviously a standard lecture. In addition, once the overall student learning culture embraces this newapproach, informal education (e.g. clubs, competition teams, etc.) is also enhanced and connected morefirmly to what students learn in the classroom.ECP is being implemented in such a large number of educational environments at the 13 partner schools,that most practical barriers are being identified and addressed. The scale of the collaboration has createdsignificant interest from other schools with many asking to join the project in some way and othersdeveloping new programs that emulate the workshop training and other aspects of the program.It is expected that this ECP effort will remain a work-in-progress for the foreseeable future, mainlybecause of its scale. This paper will report on how the partners have created unique versions of pre-testedmodules, experiments, units etc. that address a small number of fundamental concepts in circuits andelectronics. These include node and mesh analysis, Thevenin and Norton equivalent sources, RLC circuitsand some electromechanical activities. The development process will be described along with the mainbumps-in-the-road, with an emphasis on how material was modified to fit each institution and howcreative new ideas were fed back to the other partners. Results from the application of a commonassessment process will also be presented.
Connor, K. A., & Astatke, Y., & Kim, C. J., & Eldek, A. A., & Majlesein, H. R., & Andrei, P., & Attia, J. O., & Gullie, K. A., & Graves, C. A., & Osareh, A. R. (2015, June), Simultaneous Implementation of Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 ECE Programs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24712
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