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  • 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference FIE '98 [front matter]

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):i - ii
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):iii - xix
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):xx - xxvii
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  • Views About Writing Survey-a new writing attitudinal survey applied to engineering students

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):973 - 979 vol.3
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    The development and initial administration results of a new attitudinal instrument, the Views about Writing Survey (VAWS), are presented. The goal of the VAWS is to measure the attitudes, beliefs, values, and perceptions that students have about writing at the beginning of the composition course and again at the end of the semester to show if and how their attitudes change. To this end, the instru... View full abstract»

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  • Student self-assessment in upper level engineering courses

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):980 - 986 vol.3
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    Faculty cannot ensure that educational program objectives and course learning objectives are being met unless both students and faculty become involved in the process of assessment and evaluation. In two senior-level courses, the authors are addressing these issues through course learning models that directly involve students via reflection, discussion, empowerment and ownership in the course. The... View full abstract»

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  • Measuring the success of virtual tutoring

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):987 - 991 vol.3
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    Starting in the Spring of 1996, the Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) at Arizona State University (USA) implemented a new system of teaching engineering courses. The lectures became more like social events, with issues being discussed rather than merely presented. Performance measurements that were developed and performed, as well as the comments of the students, indicate that the system ... View full abstract»

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  • An undergraduate curriculum evaluation with the analytic hierarchy process

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):992 - 997 vol.3
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    An undergraduate curriculum committee has developed the use of the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) for the evaluation of alternative curriculum designs. The hierarchy consists of four levels of interaction-from the top most objective through affected parties (students, faculty, employers, etc.), curriculum components (design, science, math, etc.), to curriculum alternatives at the bottom. An Inte... View full abstract»

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  • Assessing the effectiveness of integrated freshmen curricula in engineering

    Publication Year: 1998
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    Summary form only given. Reform across subject areas through curricular integration has an overarching goal of achieving high academic success for all students. A number of schools in the country associated with the National Science Foundation Engineering Education Coalition program have incorporated reform across subject areas as one of their objectives. In an attempt to reform engineering educat... View full abstract»

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  • Improving engineering communication through the long-distance classroom

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):999 - 1002 vol.3
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    The nature of the engineering workplace is changing rapidly. Due to technology and the globalization of the marketplace, engineers must often work with diverse colleagues on team projects from a distance. Yet, given the logistics of today's traditional classroom, many instructors establish local student teams to solve engineering problems. While these local teams certainly improve student team-bui... View full abstract»

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  • A new approach for continuing engineering education on information and communication technology in Flanders

    Publication Year: 1998
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    Summary form only given. The sector of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is facing a turbulent evolution in Flanders (Belgium). Innovative product development and the corresponding job opportunities largely depend on the availability of highly qualified personnel. It is hence indispensable that the knowledge of people working in this sector is regularly updated. Due to the rapid evolu... View full abstract»

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  • On-line team project communication tool set

    Publication Year: 1998
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    Team projects offer a valuable mechanism for effective learning. However, communication within the team, with the instructor and between different teams is a challenging task that can greatly limit the effectiveness of the learning experience. Some of the tools and concepts that are being developed for distance learning applications can be used to enhance team project communication within teams th... View full abstract»

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  • Experience developing wireless networks for interactive multimedia instruction

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1005 - 1010 vol.3
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    This paper presents our experiences developing the network and computer infrastructure needed to support the interactive multimedia wireless classrooms of the future. Despite their advantages, wireless networks have several drawbacks and potential pitfalls. The heavy loads placed on the network by interactive multimedia applications used in class such as collaborative whiteboards, collaborative ed... View full abstract»

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  • Emphasizing software quality in undergraduate programming laboratories

    Publication Year: 1998
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    Summary form only given. We have received funding from NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education under the Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Program to develop an approach to improving the software development skill of undergraduate computer science students, integrate that approach into our curriculum, and evaluate its benefits. Part of our work involves the development of an interactive... View full abstract»

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  • Implementation issues for CS majors and nonmajors in a senior CS capstone sequence

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1012 - 1015 vol.3
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    The United States Military Academy prepares each and every one of its students for professional service as an Army officer. The general educational goal is to "enable its graduates to anticipate and to respond effectively to the uncertainties of a changing technological...world". It uses the "Engineer Thought Process" to help meet this general goal. Each student enrolled in the Academy selects a f... View full abstract»

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  • An integrated software engineering workshops program

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1016 - 1021 vol.3
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    Workshops are a fundamental part of software engineering education, as they give practical training in principles, methods and procedures under similar conditions to real software products development. Students acquire the necessary experience in team dynamics, management and leadership techniques; and require them to improve their report writing and oral presentation skills. Having explicit techn... View full abstract»

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  • The draw-bot: a project for teaching software engineering

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1022 - 1027 vol.3
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    The authors present a course project which was successfully used to teach software design principles to third year computer engineering students. The goal of the project is to program a robot to trace a shortest path through a maze. The students, organized in teams of five, have to follow the classical steps of software development and prepare interface, design and testing documents. Having a proj... View full abstract»

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  • Teamed courses: two case studies

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1028 - 1032 vol.3
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    One of the major struggles in launching a new degree option is having a critical mass of students to fill new courses. Five courses have been created for the new degree of Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology Electronics Manufacturing Option offered by the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, USA. Although industry is very interested in these courses, enrollment in the courses has ... View full abstract»

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  • A broad-based, privately-funded program to enhance engineering education

    Publication Year: 1998
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    This paper provides an overview of a program to enhance the teaching, research and outreach missions of the College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, USA. In 1997, the Robert M. Hearin Foundation of Jackson, MS awarded the College of Engineering $4.6 million over a period of four years to strengthen existing programs and for new initiatives. The new initiatives are consistent with re... View full abstract»

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  • Stimulating creativity: teaching engineers to be innovators

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1034 - 1039 vol.3
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    Engineering is a creative profession; indeed that phrase appears in the title of a consistently popular introductory textbook. Yet few courses in the standard engineering curriculum require or even encourage creativity. Students often feel that creative behavior is actively discouraged in their classes. Several engineers have designed courses or programs to foster creativity, and the recently reki... View full abstract»

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  • Improving the effectiveness of undergraduate teaching by integrating a historical perspective

    Publication Year: 1998
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    Summary form only given. It is universally acknowledged that if the students like the instructor (and, of course, the way the material is taught and presented), they like the course and become enthusiastic to learn more from the teacher. There are many techniques on lecturing available in the literature, e.g. learn the students' names and use them; put long derivations in handouts (leave gaps) and... View full abstract»

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  • Summer program to enhance engineering concepts through collaboration

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1041 - 1045 vol.3
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    Since 1995 the MEP/SEES (Maximizing Engineering Potential/Science Educational Enhancement Services) programs in the Colleges of Engineering and Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona have conducted an NSF Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) sponsored nontraditional summer program for second-year students, called QUEST II. This unique, 4-week program has involved faculty f... View full abstract»

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  • An accelerated associates degree program in electronics technology: a case study

    Publication Year: 1998
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    New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has implemented an accelerated associates degree program in response to a local company's immediate need for electronics technicians. This paper discusses the observations of an ongoing study to evaluate the effectiveness of accelerated degree programs. View full abstract»

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  • Flexible post-calculus engineering mathematics electives

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1047 - 1049 vol.3
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    The University of Louisville offers six engineering degrees that are ABET-accredited at the advanced level. The mathematics course requirement for these programs, taught by Engineering Mathematics faculty within the engineering school, is well above the minimum required for advanced level accreditation. All engineering programs require 12 semester hours (SH) of calculus, 3 SH of ordinary different... View full abstract»

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  • Problem-solving tools for engineering students

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1050 - 1055 vol.3
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    The common first course in the engineering curriculum has evolved from drafting/graphics to one in computer applications. Goals for such a course include the introduction of engineering methodologies, stimulation of interest in the study of engineering, and development of skills in using certain "tools". Candidate computing tools should solve equations such as those in engineering applications and... View full abstract»

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  • Developing freshman-year experience in electrical engineering: primary functions and possible features

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):1056 - 1061 vol.3
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    A typical freshman-year electrical engineering program does not include EE courses or laboratories. Electrical engineering courses in general are not offered until the sophomore year, and even then they seem to be abstractions and mathematics disguised as engineering. For a student who is interested in electrical engineering and intends to practice the profession, this is not encouraging. However,... View full abstract»

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