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Development of computer based instruction in a control systems curriculum

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3 Author(s)
Yost, S.A. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Univ. of Detroit Mercy, MI ; Al-Holou, N. ; Hideg, L.M.

This paper describes an initiative to develop, deliver and evaluate a control systems curriculum. The curriculum must serve candidates in both the engineering and engineering technology programs. This presents some unique challenges that must be addressed throughout the planning, development and delivery phases of the project. The study of control systems is usually quite challenging for engineering students, especially for nonelectrical engineering majors. Computer-based instruction will make the concepts more interesting and easier to understand for the candidates for whom the curriculum is being developed. Authorware 3.0 is being used to develop this courseware. It is an object-oriented authoring tool that supports the integration of text, graphics, animation, audio and video. The Iconic/Flow Control paradigm on which it is based makes it a powerful platform for the rapid prototyping of courseware modules. The paper also addresses the philosophy and instructional objectives which will guide the curriculum development process. A sample module is described and a working courseware module will be demonstrated at the conference

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1997. 27th Annual Conference. Teaching and Learning in an Era of Change. Proceedings.  (Volume:2 )

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5-8 Nov 1997