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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  • An interactive computer-based tutorial for MATLAB

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2D/2 - F2D/7 vol.2
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    The paper describes the implementation of an interactive computer based tutorial for MATLAB. Students are engaged in learning new concepts and syntax with video, audio, and interactive exercises. The interactive exercises, which are a distinguishing feature of the tutorial, use a specially designed exercise window which has a background software interface to MATLAB. The learner is challenged with ... View full abstract»

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  • Creative learning technologies that enhance critical thinking skills in a smart E-classroom

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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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  • Laboratories teaching concepts in microcontrollers and hardware-software co-design

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1C/1 - S1C/5 vol.2
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    Hardware software co-design is becoming increasingly important to the embedded systems industry. It will soon be fundamental to digital systems design. As such, students in electrical and computer engineering and in computer science should be introduced to hardware-software co-design early in their undergraduate education. We are designing laboratory modules which introduce concepts of hardware-so... View full abstract»

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  • Developing a Web-enhanced course: a case study

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1B/18 - S1B/22 vol.2
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    This paper presents a case study on the incorporation of Web-based teaching tools into a senior level engineering course on solid waste management. This course was originally taught with two 75 minute weekly sessions in the traditional lecture and chalkboard format. The class progressed over seven semesters to become a Web-enhanced course which met once per week for 75 minutes. The primary phases ... View full abstract»

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  • A student-centered feedback control model of the educational process

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1A/14 - S1A/19 vol.2
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    ABET 2000 requires new approaches to quality control and continuous improvement in engineering programs. It is instructive to analyze this control in terms familiar to the engineering community and to consider the implications for classroom and program level practices. A common approach to program assessment is to monitor success statistically. This is analogous to using statistical process contro... View full abstract»

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  • From transfer to transformation: towards a framework for successful dissemination of engineering education

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F4F/14 - F4F/19 vol.2
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    The article describes a framework for successful dissemination of disciplinary-specific education expertise, and illustrates its use with examples from project EPCoS (Effective Projectwork in Computer Science) (http://www.cs.ukc.ac.uk/national/EPCOS). Project EPCoS was funded from 1996-1999 by the UK Fund for Development in Teaching and Learning to: identify, make explicit and systematize existing... 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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  • Look, no timetable [education]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1B/12 - S1B/17 vol.2
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    Sir Sandford Fleming College offers 3-year programs where the final semester is completely timetable free and problem based. This paper describes the launch and first year of Fleming's Applied Projects program where computer and engineering technology students do full-term project work that is useful to an enterprise. The enterprise sponsor is one who provides the setting for a real-world problem ... 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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  • Using design, build, and test projects to teach engineering

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F3C/9 - F3C13 vol.2
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    The design, build and test (DBT) project was created with the idea that the best way to learn engineering is by doing engineering. The primary goal of a DBT project is to provide students with an experience that is fun, motivating and educational. In addition, a DBT project is designed to be easy to implement. The preeminent feature of a DBT project is the extensive use of science, math, and calcu... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering design factors: how broadly do students define problems?

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S3A/7 - S3A12 vol.2
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    The preparation of students for design problem solving is an important aspect of engineering education. While it may appear obvious that senior engineering students will be more adept at solving design problems than freshmen engineering students, this perceived progress should be measured and quantified. Analysis of the factors a student considers when approaching an engineering design problem wil... View full abstract»

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  • Using multiple methods to evaluate a freshmen design course

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1A/6 - S1A13 vol.2
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    ENGR 100 is a hands-on, team-based freshmen design course in which students engage in design activities, learn about the field of engineering, and develop an understanding of what kinds of skills and knowledge are necessary to pursue a career in engineering. The learning that results from these kinds of authentic tasks is not easy to assess with traditional tests or a single assessment method. To ... View full abstract»

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  • Implementation of a mobile, low-cost, wireless network for problem solving in the classroom

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    The goals for the project presented are to implement a mobile wireless network of laptop computers for problem solving in engineering courses. Motivation for this project include the existing low cost of hardware and software to realize such a network, the benefits for student learning when computing power is readily available in the classroom, and the poor access and suitability of conventional c... View full abstract»

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  • Multi-section course management using 3D spreadsheet tools

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F4F/9 - F4F13 vol.2
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    The paper describes a spreadsheet based method to assess and influence the grading uniformity of graduate teaching assistants in multi-section courses with large enrollments. The method developed is based on a common-use grade spreadsheet issued to the teaching assistants. Its features include the option to drop low-score items from grade determination, the application of curve factors, the determ... 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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  • Extra-curricular education-the Labor of Love project

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    Group based projects are an effective learning technique in many areas of higher education. Skills and techniques attributable to hands-on projects can only be alluded to in a typical classroom environment. The structured environment of a class project is frequently perceived as a mere extension of the classroom, with the same type of rules, deadlines and deliverables perpetuating the adversarial ... View full abstract»

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  • Modular term-long CS2 projects

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S2C/1 - S2C/4 vol.2
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    We present a model for a term-long computer science CS2 project which emphasizes modular code development and code-reuse while providing the opportunity to cover many traditional CS2 concepts. The project focuses on the construction of a simplified database system. The project is composed of a series of smaller assignments; each assignment requires students to replace or enhance work completed in ... View full abstract»

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