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Work-in-Progress: Using Modern Mobile Technologies in STEM Education

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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25.1496.1 - 25.1496.15



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xue zhang

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Debbie Vogel Sprint

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Mahesh K. Banavar Arizona State University Orcid 16x16

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Shuang Hu


Andreas S. Spanias Arizona State University

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Andreas Spanias is professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). He is also the Founder and Director of the SenSIP Center and industry consortium. His research interests are in the areas of adaptive signal processing, speech processing, and audio sensing. He and his student team developed the computer simulation software Java-DSP (J-DSP - ISBN 0-9724984-0-0). He is author of two text books: Audio Processing and Coding, by Wiley and DSP, and An Interactive Approach. He served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and as General Co-chair of IEEE ICASSP-99. He also served as the IEEE Signal Processing Vice President for Conferences. Spanias is co-recipient of the 2002 IEEE Donald G. Fink paper prize award and was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2003. He served as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2004.

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Photini Spanias

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Photini Spanias is Senior Lecturer at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She is teaching math methods classes. Her research interests are in math methods and in teacher preparation. She is also interested in online education research.

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Jayaraman J. Thiagarajan Arizona State University

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Using Modern Mobile Technologies in STEM EducationAdvances in modern mobile devices and increasing ownership of smart phonesand tablets by students, there is an opportunity to provide enhanced andpersonalized educational experiences and convenient remote access. This paperdescribes an education research effort aimed at developing, packaging andassessing course content, interactive learning modules, educational simulations,and visualization examples for smart phones and tablets. Our efforts focus onundergraduate courses in STEM areas and integrate existing and new tools incompact mobile sites optimized for smart phones and tablets that operate asportals for use by instructors and students. The project brings together severaltechnologies including a Java simulation environment, an Android operatingsystem with several dedicated apps, Mobile Blackboard, Sprint ID and others. For Java simulations and for providing the capability to perform online labsin signal analysis and DSP courses, we developed an Android based virtuallaboratory. For video streaming courses and content we use video over power-point software enhanced by capabilities to add notes. Mobile blackboard and theSprint ID were harnessed to create a portal for all these interactive content. The hypothesis here is that the creation of “one stop” education contentwith maximum mobility will be compelling to undergraduate students that seemfascinated by the exciting multi-tasking possibilities that smart cell phones andtablets bring these days. Assessment instruments are being developed to assess:a) the effectiveness of this approach and b) the capability of these technologies tocreate an enhanced educational experience and attract more students in STEMoriented electives.

zhang, X., & Vogel, D., & Banavar, M. K., & Hu, S., & Spanias, A. S., & Spanias, P., & J. Thiagarajan, J. (2012, June), Work-in-Progress: Using Modern Mobile Technologies in STEM Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22253

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