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Using Active Learning in Teaching Electromagnetics

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

New Developments in Teaching Electromagnetics and Related Topics

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Electrical and Computer

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22.1606.1 - 22.1606.7



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Madeleine Andrawis South Dakota State University

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Dr. Madeleine Andrawis is Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at South Dakota State University (SDSU) since January 1992. She has also been the Coordinator of the Teaching Learning Center at SDSU from July 2002 till May 2010. Dr. Andrawis earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in December 1991, and her M.S. from SDSU in 1983.
Over the years, Dr. Andrawis has published and gave many presentations in the areas of electrical engineering, teaching effectiveness, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the use of instructional technology, and other related topics.
Over her career at SDSU, Dr. Andrawis served in many leadership roles through task forces, committees, and programs. She also served as Chair of the Academic Senate for the 2007/2008 academic year and has served on its Executive Committee for four years.

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Using Active Learning in Teaching ElectromagneticsActive learning (AL) is the process of engaging students in activities that require them toreflect on ideas and how they are using those ideas. The focus of AL is on studentlearning rather than faculty teaching. Research in a variety of disciplines has identifiedthe effectiveness of active learning approaches in learner retention of content, improvedstudent attitudes and increased student achievement. What is defined as Active Learningand research-based outcomes of implementing it in teaching will be presented.The Electromagnetics course at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a four-creditjunior-level course. This highly abstract course is a good candidate for using AL inteaching since student engagement and motivation would be of high need and valuethroughout the course. The use of AL in teaching this class at SDSU engaged students intheir learning through the use of an interactive visualization software tool, use of theStudents Response System (clickers), use of a tablet PC, in-class solving problems,leading discussions in the classroom, and other approaches.The readiness of the students, their level of engagement, challenges and limited successof these approaches are identified through peer observations, surveys, results of thestudent assessment tool (IDEA) with added questions and will be presented. In addition,tips from personal experience and best practices on implementing AL in teachingElectromagnetics will also be presented.

Andrawis, M. (2011, June), Using Active Learning in Teaching Electromagnetics Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18538

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