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ERIC Number: EJ905842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Enhancing Learning Effectiveness in Digital Design Courses through the Use of Programmable Logic Boards
Zhu, Yi; Weng, T.; Cheng, Chung-Kuan
IEEE Transactions on Education, v52 n1 p151-156 Feb 2009
Incorporating programmable logic devices (PLD) in digital design courses has become increasingly popular. The advantages of using PLDs, such as complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), have been discussed before. However, previous studies have focused on the experiences from the point of view of the instructor, with some general impressions from the students. This paper instead focuses on the students' point of view, and most importantly, investigates whether the use of programmable logic has helped facilitate the learning process. This investigation was based on the results of a comprehensive survey that was given to the class shortly before the end of the term, and a comparison of final exam scores between a previous class that did not use PLDs and the current class that did use PLDs. The surveys and their test scores provide solid evidence as to gauge whether using PLDs really does benefit students trying to learn digital design and basic computer architecture. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California