ERIC Number: EJ1156493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Project Circuits in a Basic Electric Circuits Course
Becker, James P.; Plumb, Carolyn; Revia, Richard A.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v57 n2 p75-82 May 2014
The use of project circuits (a photoplethysmograph circuit and a simple audio amplifier), introduced in a sophomore-level electric circuits course utilizing active learning and inquiry-based methods, is described. The development of the project circuits was initiated to promote enhanced engagement and deeper understanding of course content among students. The new activities were assessed by student surveys, student scores on essay exams probing deeper learning, and classroom observations by an assessment specialist. The results are compared to similar assessments made before the introduction of the project circuits and are related to other applications of active learning approaches in the teaching of electric circuits.
Descriptors: Electronics, Student Projects, Active Learning, Inquiry, Student Surveys, Scores, Essays, Medical Services, Electronic Equipment, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Outcome Measures, Teaching Methods, College Students, Observation, Learner Engagement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0941660