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Seman, Laio Oriel; Hausmann, Romeu; Bezerra, Eduardo Augusto – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2018
Contribution: This paper presents the "PBL classroom model," an agent-based simulation (ABS) that allows testing of several scenarios of a project-based learning (PBL) application by considering different levels of soft-skills, and students' perception of the methodology. Background: While the community has made great advances in…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Vignettes, Classroom Environment
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Chevalier, Amélie; Copot, Cosmin; Ionescu, Clara; De Keyser, Robin – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
This paper discusses the results of a feedback study for a remote laboratory used in the education of control engineering students. The goal is to show the effectiveness of the remote laboratory on examination results. To provide an overview, the two applications of the remote laboratory are addressed: 1) the Stewart platform, and 2) the quadruple…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Engineering Education, Virtual Classrooms, Instructional Effectiveness
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Rambocas, Meena; Sastry, Musti K. S. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
Some education specialists are challenging the use of traditional strategies in classrooms and are calling for the use of contemporary teaching and learning techniques. In response to these calls, many field experiments that compare different teaching and learning strategies have been conducted. However, to date, little is known on the outcomes of…
Descriptors: Business Administration, Engineering Education, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Verbic, Gregor; Keerthisinghe, Chanaka; Chapman, Archie C. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
Engineering education is undergoing a restructuring driven by the needs of an increasingly multidisciplinary engineering profession. At the same time, power systems are transitioning toward future smart grids that will require power engineers with skills outside of the core power engineering domain. Since including new topics in the existing…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Silva-Maceda, Gabriela; Arjona-Villicaña, P. David; Castillo-Barrera, F. Edgar – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2016
Learning to program is a complex task, and the impact of different pedagogical approaches to teach this skill has been hard to measure. This study examined the performance data of seven cohorts of students (N = 1168) learning programming under three different pedagogical approaches. These pedagogical approaches varied either in the length of the…
Descriptors: Programming, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences, Cohort Analysis
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Chaves, Rafael Oliveira; von Wangenheim, Christiane Gresse; Furtado, Julio Cezar Costa; Oliveira, Sandro Ronaldo Bezerra; Santos, Alex; Favero, Eloi Luiz – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2015
Software process modeling (SPM) is an important area of software engineering because it provides a basis for managing, automating, and supporting software process improvement (SPI). Teaching SPM is a challenging task, mainly because it lays great emphasis on theory and offers few practical exercises. Furthermore, as yet few teaching approaches…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Science Education, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
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Muoka, Polycarp I.; Haque, Md. Enamul; Gargoom, Ameen; Negnetvitsky, Michael – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2015
This paper presents a new photovoltaic (PV) power systems laboratory module that was developed to experimentally reinforce students' understanding of design principles, operation, and control of photovoltaic power conversion systems. The laboratory module is project-based and is designed to support a renewable energy course. By using MATLAB…
Descriptors: Energy, Laboratory Experiments, Design, Computer Software
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Chuda, D.; Navrat, P.; Kovacova, B.; Humay, P. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
The issue of plagiarism is discussed in the context of university education in disciplines related to computing. The focus is therefore mainly on software plagiarism. First, however, a case is made for the claim that the most important reason that plagiarism cannot be tolerated lies in the essence of the concept of a university as it is rooted in…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Computer Software, Internet, Higher Education
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Carmona Morales, D.; Jimenez-Hornero, J. E.; Vazquez, F.; Morilla, F. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
In this paper, an optimal tuning tool is presented for control structures based on multivariable proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control, using genetic algorithms as an alternative to traditional optimization algorithms. From an educational point of view, this tool provides students with the necessary means to consolidate their knowledge on…
Descriptors: Computer Interfaces, Interaction, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Lamar, D. G.; Miaja, P. F.; Arias, M.; Rodriguez, A.; Rodriguez, M.; Vazquez, A.; Hernando, M. M.; Sebastian, J. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
This paper presents the introduction of problem-based learning (PBL) in a power electronics course at the University of Oviedo, Gijon, Spain, by means of two practical projects: the design and construction of a switching-mode power supply (SMPS) prototype and the static study of a dc-dc converter topology. The goal of this innovation was for…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Foreign Countries
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Munoz-Organero, M.; Munoz-Merino, P. J.; Kloos, C. D. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
Teaching electrical and computer software engineers how to configure network services normally requires the detailed presentation of many configuration commands and their numerous parameters. Students tend to find it difficult to maintain acceptable levels of motivation. In many cases, this results in their not attending classes and not dedicating…
Descriptors: Attendance, Student Motivation, Computer Software, Engineering Education
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Godino-Llorente, J. I.; Fraile, R.; Gonzalez de Sande, J. C.; Osma-Ruiz, V.; Saenz-Lechon, N. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
This paper describes an educational research experience that took place in the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Master's program offered at the Escuela Universitaria de Ingenieria Tecnica de Telecomunicacion, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. The focus is to provide details of the motivation behind and the design and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Educational Research, Community Colleges, Masters Programs
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Andujar, J. M.; Mejias, A.; Marquez, M. A. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2011
Augmented reality (AR) provides huge opportunities for online teaching in science and engineering, as these disciplines place emphasis on practical training and unsuited to completely nonclassroom training. This paper proposes a new concept in virtual and remote laboratories: the augmented remote laboratory (ARL). ARL is being tested in the first…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Online Courses, Laboratories
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Abramovitz, A. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2011
This paper suggests a pedagogical approach to teaching the subject of average modeling of PWM switch-mode power electronics systems through simulation by general-purpose electronic circuit simulators. The paper discusses the derivation of PSPICE/ORCAD-compatible average models of the switch-mode power stages, their software implementation, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Energy, Models, Electronics
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Mitchell, John E.; Canavan, Brian; Smith, Jan – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2010
The paper presents a curriculum design for, and subsequent evaluation of, a communications systems course using problem-based learning (PBL) as the instructional methodology. It details the rationale for implementing PBL as well as reporting intended learning outcomes and assessing the students' achievements. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes