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ERIC Number: EJ900576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Problem-Based Learning in Instrumentation: Synergism of Real and Virtual Modular Acquisition Chains
Nonclercq, A.; Biest, A. V.; De Cuyper, K.; Leroy, E.; Martinez, D. L.; Robert, F.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v53 n2 p234-242 May 2010
As part of an instrumentation course, a problem-based learning framework was selected for laboratory instruction. Two acquisition chains were designed to help students carry out realistic instrumentation problems. The first tool is a virtual (simulated) modular acquisition chain that allows rapid overall understanding of the main problems in instrumentation. The second tool is an actual modular chain allowing students to test these modules in practice and fine-tune the results. The didactic impact of the laboratory-and especially of the two acquisition chains-was evaluated using three approaches: an evaluation questionnaire, the problem outcomes, and a written examination. These results show that the students valued the laboratory-based coursework and found both tools useful. Furthermore, they were able to address problems at a high cognitive level. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium