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The EET Communication Simulator

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 2

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Electrical and Computer

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Garth V. Crosby Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

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Dr. Garth V. Crosby is an associate professor in the Technology Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida International University in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively.
Dr. Crosby’s primary interests of research are wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, network security and active learning strategies for STEM. He has served as a reviewer for several conferences, magazines and journals publications, including IEEE INFOCOM, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Eta Kappa Nu.

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Marcelene Allecia Cunningham

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Kevin N. Bowlyn Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

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There is a fundamental challenge in teaching communication systems to electrical engineering technology (EET) students, that is, how do you convey the various abstract concepts in a way that students fully appreciate, without the mathematical rigor of the standard engineering approach? To answer this question a class project was assigned to groups of students in the Telecommunication Fundamentals course. The purpose of the project was two-fold: (i) to develop a software communication simulator that an instructor can use to teach his/her students various communication concepts in a visual way, and ii) it must be such that a student can use it at his/her own pace to learn communications concepts. Several groups of students worked to improve the simulator over a period of two years while all others in the classes participated in the user focus group. The user focus group gave their input through the completion of surveys, upon using and evaluating the simulator. In this paper, a complete discussion of the implementation of the projects, survey results and the findings of this study are presented. Additionally, future improvements are recommended.

Crosby, G. V., & Cunningham, M. A., & Bowlyn, K. N. (2017, June), The EET Communication Simulator Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28961

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