June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Electrical and Computer
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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