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Using Portable Electronics Experiment Kits for Electronics Courses in a General Engineering ProgramVirtual instruments on a laptop and an accompanying collection of portable hardwareserve as good supplements, if not replacements, for benchtop electronic equipment suchas oscilloscopes, multimeters, and function generators. These tools can provide a newform of laboratory experience that frees students from traditional geographically-constrained settings and expands laboratory activities into more ubiquitous learningenvironments, allowing students to achieve laboratory objectives and complete theassociated tasks at their individual paces. We hypothesize that this approach to hands-onelectronics education will improve multiple learning outcomes within the ABET assessmentframework, including outcomes (a) apply math and science, (b) conduct experiments andinterpret data, and (e) solve problems. This paper presents our experiences using a customportable electronics experiment kit (PEEK) in a general engineering program. The PEEK andthe accompanying laboratory experiences were developed with NSF-CCLI support. Twoelectronics courses, ENGR 3014—Circuit Analysis and ENGR 3050—Intrumentation andControls were selected for this research. As a supplement to regular face-to-facelaboratory meetings, each student was given a PEEK to complete the pre-laboratory workand to complete any tasks that could not be finished during the laboratory period. Thepaper describes the features of the PEEK tool, the details of its implementation within thelearning environment, and its effectiveness based on the assessment of the learningoutcomes. This paper also discusses practical issues noted in the process of incorporatingthis learning model into day-to-day instruction, including (1) challenges encountered whenthe tools were used in a general engineering curriculum, where only a few electronicscourses are offered, (2) methods to support students when they work on laboratoryassignments off campus and after hours, and (3) different strategies to motivate studentsin lower- and higher-level classes when they use such tools in unsupervised environments.
Yao, J., & Limberis, L., & Warren, S. (2011, June), Using Portable Electronics Experiment Kits for Electronics Courses in a General Engineering Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--19009
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