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30th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference. Building on A Century of Progress in Engineering Education. Conference Proceedings (IEEE Cat. No.00CH37135)

18-21 Oct. 2000

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  • 30th Annual Frontiers In Education Conference [front matter]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):0_1 - 17
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    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):18 - 23
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  • Creative learning technologies that enhance critical thinking skills in a smart E-classroom

    Publication Year: 2000
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    Summary form only given. The paper discusses the second phase of a teaching/learning model utilizing interactive smart e-classrooms in higher education. This phase includes the administering of two tools: the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), and a modified satisfaction survey. The pilot testing was issued during a 6-week session to students taught by the same professor and having ... View full abstract»

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  • Digital systems and electronics curricula proposal and tool integration

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2E/1 - F2E/6 vol.2
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    To transmit the teaching of digital electronics today, considerations are outlined which must be kept in mind. Digital electronics is evolving quickly and its techniques and tools have revolutionized the manner of analyzing simulating, synthesizing and verifying digital systems. Microelectronic development is more and more dependant on the technology and on design methodology. Standard hardware de... View full abstract»

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  • Incorporating VHDL into the digital curriculum

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    Summary form only given. Traditional courses in digital design, especially in engineering technology, have focused on and used TTL logic integrated circuits in lecture and lab. It is still difficult to find a textbook suitable for a technology program that is not based on these chips. However, TTL is very rarely used in industry today. This work in progress report discusses the planned implementat... View full abstract»

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  • The search for a context to support mathematical learning

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    Summary form only given. Mathematical concepts and topics that are considered difficult to teach and/or hard to understand are identified. For each one of them, a corresponding "teaching context", i.e., a presentation framework which uses resources that are close to the students' knowledge and experience, is determined. Evaluation forms and procedures to compare the final performance of the experi... View full abstract»

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  • What are we really evaluating?

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    Summary form only given. Computer Engineering 183X and 184X, Computer Engineering and Problem Solving I and II, were designed as courses for computer engineering students involved in the learning community within Iowa State University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. As part of a learning community, the courses were designed to be flexible, but include subject matter elements of c... View full abstract»

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  • Goodearl and Aldred versus Hughes aircraft: a whistle-blowing case study

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S2F/2 - S2F/7 vol.2
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    Whistle-blowing is a core topic for any "ethics" or "professionalism" course offered for IS/CS/CE/EE majors. This paper documents a real whistle-blowing case that is ideal for use in teaching. The incident is set in the computing industry, specifically in the supply of micro-electronic chips for use in safety-critical systems. The incident is well documented, with decisions in both a criminal case... View full abstract»

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  • Concept questions for improved learning and outcome assessment in statics

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    Summary form only given. Students in science, math, or engineering classes often focus on plugging numbers into equations rather than understanding the basic concepts behind the equations. Eric Mazur (1997) developed materials to help physics teachers move students from juggling equations to actually thinking and learning the concepts of physics by use of concept questions and peer instruction. St... View full abstract»

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  • Engineers invent and innovate

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2G/11 - F2G/15 vol.2
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    First-year students at CU gain a hands-on introduction to engineering through a design and build projects course. In fall 1998, a course with an emphasis on entrepreneurship was piloted to provide advanced and transfer students with similar hands-on opportunities. This paper summarizes course components and lessons learned, and describes some of the products invented. Students design and build an ... View full abstract»

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  • A problem based learning approach for freshman engineering

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2G/7 - F2G10 vol.2
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    The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology began a revision of the freshman engineering curriculum in 1997. Beginning with a pilot program of 25 students, the program is now required for virtually all first-year engineering students. The program, FC 2000, utilizes a project-based learning approach and features student teams to integrate material in general engineering, mathematics, science an... View full abstract»

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  • Writing for the Web: student authors and authorities

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    Students in BAE 465: Biomedical Engineering Applications have been writing projects for the World Wide Web (WWW) since 1994. During that time, 170 students completed 47 projects. These projects have allowed students to learn technical material and develop Web skills, to produce permanent, professional examples of their scholarly work, and to write for a large and diverse audience. The students app... View full abstract»

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  • Preparing for professional practice: course evaluation and implications

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2C/19 - F2C/24 vol.2
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    One goal of engineering schools is to prepare students to become engineering practitioners. At the University of Washington, we have been conducting a variety of research projects devoted to the concurrent goals of (a) articulating what it means to prepare students to become engineering practitioners, (b) assessing students' preparedness for being engineering practitioners, and (c) designing and e... View full abstract»

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  • Measuring the intellectual development of students using intelligent assessment software

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2G/1 - F2G/5 vol.2
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    Most methods currently available to measure intellectual development in college students are either unreliable or prohibitively expensive and time consuming. To circumvent these difficulties, we have developed Cogito, a software package which used a neural network to find patterns in “noisy” paper-and-pencil data and relate them to the Perry or Reflective Judgment models of intellectua... View full abstract»

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  • Internet toasters as a capstone design project

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2C/14 - F2C/18 vol.2
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    One of the first devices connected to the Internet for remote control in 1990 was a (literal) toaster. Since then, the term “Internet toaster” has come to denote any small device connected to the Internet, particularly for the purposes of remote control or monitoring. Such devices are a topic of much current research and development. The vision of the Internet as a home control network... View full abstract»

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  • Different is good: barriers to retention for women in software engineering

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):90 - 93
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  • Automatic generation of algorithm animations in a programming environment

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S2C/6 - S2C12 vol.2
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    The design and analysis of algorithms is one of the core fields of computer science, and their study is an intellectually demanding task. Animations are promising educational aids for the study of algorithms, but the main obstacle for an extensive educational use is the technical difficulty of producing them. This fact dissuades many teachers and most students from building animations. We report t... View full abstract»

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  • Experiences with software engineering accreditation and criteria

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    This paper focuses on recent developments in software engineering accreditation and criteria, how universities are responding to these issues, and how industry views these developments. An earlier panel at FIE'99 addressed the need for and the relevance of software engineering accreditation guidelines. This paper moves to the next stage of discussion and evolution. Additionally, implications of li... View full abstract»

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  • The impact of an authentic, student-centered engineering project on student motivation

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2C/8 - F2C13 vol.2
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    The SPIRIT (Student Projects In Rocket Investigative Techniques) project used teaching innovation and flexibility to forge a highly successful and popular two-year project course at Pennsylvania State University. A combination of traditional and non-traditional teaching methods were used to: (1) maintain a base of common knowledge pertaining to the scientific/engineering mission among a highly div... View full abstract»

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  • Different is good: barriers to retention for women in software engineering

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2F/21 - F2F/24 vol.2
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    The study is the initial activity in a proposed longitudinal study of female students in the Software Engineering program at a small private technical university in the US. In imitation of a national trend, the female students were perceived to be dropping out of the software engineering program in greater numbers and for different reasons than the male students. An examination of the number of st... View full abstract»

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  • Introduction to algorithms and problem solving

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    Language and paradigm choice for teaching computer programming is an on-going debate. We have been using Visual Basic for the introductory course and C++ for the advanced course. Unfortunately, many of our students struggle in the introductory course. We are currently re-engineering our degree. While our introductory course should ideally be language-independent, we feel that students will gain a ... View full abstract»

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  • System-on-chip research leads to hardware/software co-design degree

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1G/1 - S1G/6 vol.2
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    A case study of multi-chip module design, implementation and evaluation has been undertaken by the author at Matra Marconi Space as part of an on-going research programme into large electronic designs. Multi-chip modules offer an intermediate step towards system-on-chip. The intention of Matra Marconi Space is to use unprecedented levels of electronic integration in the next generation of communic... View full abstract»

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  • Flaming and thrashing: an examination of tone in electronic mail

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S3B/3 - S3B/7 vol.2
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    Most e-mail users have experienced some sort of computerized verbal abuse, ranging from less-than-gentle-reminders to full-blown obscenities. This paper explores tone and language usage in electronic mail. Specifically, it focuses on definitions and characteristics, situations which spawn flaming and thrashing, and ways that hostile tone can affect working relationships. Flaming can be particularl... View full abstract»

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  • Joint government-industry-academia projects involving undergraduate students

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1G/23 - S1G/27 vol.2
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    In the senior year, chemical engineering students at Widener University are required to take two technical elective courses in addition to the rest of their regular courses. If a student pursues an independent study project with industry and a faculty member, then this project will usually count as a technical elective. If a student wishes to perform a work-study project then this will not count a... View full abstract»

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  • Multi-level design teams: a success story?

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2C/2 - F2C/7 vol.2
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    A study of student team evolution, performance and strident satisfaction was completed in a novel, vertically-integrated materials science and engineering design course that included mixed sophomore, junior and senior teams. This course explored a new learning model where students at different grade levels worked together to solve small design problems. The course included simple analysis-oriented... View full abstract»

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