ERIC Number: EJ1063378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Efficient Optoelectronics Teaching in Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum
Matin, M. A.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v6 n1-2 p1-4 Jan-Jun 2005
The Engineering Department's vision for undergraduate education for the next century is to develop a set of laboratory experiences that are thoughtfully sequenced and integrated to promote the full development of students in all courses. Optoelectronics is one of the most important and most demanding courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Therefore, an effective teaching initiative is needed in the undergraduate curriculum. For traditional teaching methods, most teachers preside over lecture sessions focusing on the various types of optoelectronics devices such as LEDs, LASERs, photodiodes, and passive devices. This material traditionally focuses on the devices' fabrication, physical properties and characteristics. It is also necessary to quantitatively assess the quality, performance and characteristics of devices. Often students develop little conceptual understanding of the devices and many misconceptions. In the teaching method proposed, students will perform various experiments to better understand the subject and augment their understanding of the theoretical aspects of optoelectronics.
Descriptors: Electronics, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Laboratory Experiments, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Light, Science Equipment, Measurement Techniques, Measurement, Heat, Educational Practices, Science Experiments
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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