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Teaching Instrumentation And Controls Using Multimedia And Television Instructional Methods

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.419.1 - 1.419.13



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George Meyer

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James K. Randall

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Charles T. Morrow

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Session 1675

Teaching Instrumentation and Controls using Multimedia and Television Instructional Methods

George E. Meyer, James K. Randall / Charles T. Morrow 1 University of Nebraska - Lincoln / Pennsylvania State University


Teaching Electronic Instrumentation to both resident and distant students in biological and engineering sciences using television presents interesting challenges for instruction. Hands-on laboratory experiences are especially difficult. However, a good laboratory experience not only considers basic principles of instruments, transducers, and sensors, but introduces modern applications and examples. This paper reports results of a televised class originating from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska (UNL) during the Fall 1994 and 1995 semesters. In 1995, twenty-four lectures and nine laboratories were produced using multimedia techniques and video taped for continuing education students in Nebraska and resident students at the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Pennsylvania State University. Twenty-three resident students on campus also participated in the class. Lectures included theoretical and practical concepts, in-class demonstrations, and reading materials. An extensive interactive lecture guide (an incomplete set of notes) was made available to all students. Laboratories included programming of a micro controller for data acquisition and control, building an instrumentation amplifier, strain-gages, differential transformers, thermocouples, flow measurement and optical sensing devices. Some labs evolved out of an inexpensive kit of electronic components for distant students. Others labs were videotaped, with data collection provided on video. Written reports were prepared by the students. Students purchased Windows-based virtual electronics software for designing and testing electronic circuits. A open-ended design project of a team of 2-3 students was required. Each team prepared oral and written reports of their projects. Student interaction was carried out through telephone office hours, E-mail and FAX.

This paper was approved as journal series number 96-2 by the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The mention of specific trade names is for reference only and not to the exclusion of others that might be suitable.

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Meyer, G., & Randall, J. K., & Morrow, C. T. (1996, June), Teaching Instrumentation And Controls Using Multimedia And Television Instructional Methods Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6324

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