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Jaime, Arturo; Olarte, Juan J.; Garcia-Izquierdo, Francisco J.; Dominguez, Cesar – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: Internships designed to provide training and an initial period of contact with industry, prior to a computer science engineering capstone project, have a very positive impact on both industry and academic capstone projects. Background: Internships and capstone projects are widely used to integrate work-related learning in computer…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Computer Science Education, Engineering, Capstone Experiences
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Carlson, Charles; Peterson, Garrett; Day, Dwight – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: Portable learning instrumentation has become common in university classrooms and laboratories, but few publications assess the effects of these technologies on student retention. This paper addresses this under-researched connection between the use of portable learning technologies, incorporated into an Introduction to Computer…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Learner Engagement
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Lavi, Rea; Dori, Yehudit Judy; Wengrowicz, Niva; Dori, Dov – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: A rubric for assessing the systems thinking expressed in conceptual models of technological systems has been constructed and assessed using a formal methodology. The rubric, a synthesis of prior findings in science and engineering education, forms a framework for improving communication between science and engineering educators.…
Descriptors: Models, Engineering Education, Teamwork, Scoring Rubrics
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Magnus, Douglas de Matos; Carbonera, Luis Felipe Bianchi; Pfitscher, Luciano Lopes; Farret, Felix Alberto; Bernardon, Daniel Pinheiro; Tavares, Andre Abelardo – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: A distinct instructional approach to laboratory activities for power system machines, based on hybrid project-based learning (h-PBL). Students develop their own laboratory procedures and explain their results. This approach creates a positive environment to improve students' problem-solving, and their control design and…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Laboratories, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Cipparrone, Flavio A. M.; Beccaro, Wesley; Kaiser, Walter – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: A didactic methodology, based on analytical expressions and experimental validation, to describe the process of abrupt current interruption in a series RL circuit, that considers real passive components and uses a toggle switch as disconnecting device. Background: In undergraduate courses, circuits adopted in transient analysis…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Electronics, Equipment, Models
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Martinez, Pedro Juan; Aguilar, Francisco Javier; Ortiz, Mario – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: A demonstration of a move from face-to-face to blended learning in an engineering Master's program by adding a parallel online group, which showed the synergy between blended and online approaches in terms of level of interaction, enrollment, student satisfaction, dropout rate, and final grades. Background: Education's transition…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Masters Programs, Synchronous Communication, Blended Learning
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Camelia, Fanny; Ferris, Timothy L. J.; Behrend, Monica B. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: An evaluation of the effectiveness of systems engineering (SE) courses in developing students' systems thinking (ST) capacity in both the cognitive and affective domains. A combined cognitive ST performance and affective engagement with ST assessment is proposed as an approach to assess students' ST in both domains. The results can…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Course Evaluation, Thinking Skills
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Larson, James; Jordan, Shawn S.; Lande, Micah; Weiner, Steven – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: This article shares the learning ecosystem of a project-based embedded systems course, identifying course elements that support self-directed learning and how assignments guide students toward becoming adaptive experts. Background: The technology advances while the fundamentals of electrical engineering remain static. Educators can…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education
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Friess, Wilhelm A.; Goupee, Andrew J. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Scholarship of Application. Background: Capstone courses constitute the culminating experience in engineering curricula. A core characteristic is the student team and project-based nature, with many team deliverables. The ensuing difficulty is to fairly assess the individual team member's contribution toward the team effort. Contribution: The…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Case Studies, Peer Evaluation, High Achievement
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Duarte, Abel J.; Malheiro, Benedita; Arnó, Elisabet; Perat, Ignasi; Silva, Manuel F.; Fuentes-Durá, Pedro; Guedes, Pedro; Ferreira, Paulo – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: An analysis of the extent to which sustainability is present in the syllabi, project briefs, report templates, and student final reports of the three Iberian European project semester (EPS) providers, over a five-year period. Background: EPS is a one-semester capstone project framework that adopts project-based learning and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Sustainable Development, Problem Solving, Student Projects
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Hulls, Carol C. W.; Rennick, Christopher – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: A first-year programming course was redesigned with a large, open-ended robotics project. The course design aligns with best practices for promoting development of students' self-efficacy in solving ill-structured software design problems. Background: From Jonassen's theory, problem-solving outcomes are dependent on the problem…
Descriptors: Programming, Robotics, College Freshmen, Computer Software
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Ostrowski, Anastasia K.; Daly, Shanna R.; Huang-Saad, Aileen; Seifert, Colleen M. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: This paper examines ideation practices of biomedical engineering (BME) students in a capstone design course during a designated team ideation session and provides recommendations for structuring idea generation instruction. Background: Capstone courses provide students with opportunities to engage with open-ended and complex…
Descriptors: Biomedicine, Engineering Education, Capstone Experiences, Instructional Effectiveness
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Kim, Eunhye; Strimel, Greg J. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2020
Contribution: Increased understanding of the influence of a project-based multidisciplinary design and innovation course on students' engineering design thinking, specifically regarding problem framing. Background: Entrepreneurship-related education has been offered to engineering and technology students, but its influence has been discussed…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Entrepreneurship
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Chen, Huai-Yi; Wu, Chien-Ming; Lai, Chiung-Hui – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2019
Contribution: Prior studies indicate that students experimenting with characterization of optical planar waveguides use expensive ready-made prism couplers without clear understanding about construction of the entire optical measurement system. This paper presents a cost-effective modified bright-mode prism coupler that helps students learn…
Descriptors: Optics, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Equipment
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Latimer, Benjamin; Bergin, David A.; Guntu, Vinay; Schulz, David J.; Nair, Satish S. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2019
Contribution: This paper demonstrates curricular modules that incorporate engineering model-based approaches, including concepts related to circuits, systems, modeling, electrophysiology, programming, and software tutorials that enhance learning in undergraduate neuroscience courses. These modules can also be integrated into other neuroscience…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Models, Neurosciences, Interdisciplinary Approach
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