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2 Using the Internet as an Aid in Technical Education John R. Ebden Seneca College Toronto Canada

3 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 2 PANIC n Imagine you are Larry, a student in my class n It’s 2:00 am and there is a quiz on series-parallel circuits at 10:00 am n What do you do for a quick overview? LARRY

4 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 3 IDEA n I’ll check out the Self Teaching Software my prof gave us LARRY

5 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 4 ANOTHER IDEA n That was great ! n Now I’ll check the on-line lecture notes LARRY

6 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 5 MORE IDEAS n We’re really rocking now n Now I’ll test a couple of circuits using the on-line files and my Electronic Workbench Bench software LARRY

7 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 6 PANIC OVER n This stuff is a breeze n I’ll see how much I know by doing an on-line practice quiz LARRY

8 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 7 HOW DOES LARRY GET ALL THIS ? n Students in my class have 24 hour access to my web page. n THIS IS THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION

9 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 8 Class Web Page

10 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 9 Why use the Internet for Teaching? n Vast amount of material available u saves “re-inventing the wheel” u can easily provide up-to-date information n Reduces communication problems n Both students and faculty can work from home

11 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 10 Colleges face increasing problems n Problems are a consequence of: u Government cut-backs u Increased student population (urban areas) u Increased interest in electrical/computer areas u Lack of available qualified faculty

12 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 11 Student Problems: n Large classes n Higher competition n Increased fees n Commuting problems n Juggling school with part-time jobs

13 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 12 Faculty Problems: n Cut backs in course hours n Teach more courses n Share courses with support staff n Sporadic student attendance n Less time for PD

14 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 13 Pessimist: n Problems will provide opportunities for growth u use a course web page to help yourself and your students Optimist: n Problems will make life increasingly difficult u carry on as you are and things will get worse

15 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 14 Using a Web Page for a class provides n A common forum for professor and students n A valuable communication tool n A convenient storage facility for course information n A guided use to the World Wide Web n Access to software

16 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 15 Helping Factors n Computers get cheaper and more powerful each year n Many students have home computers n Colleges provide server access both on and off campus

17 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 16 Class Web Page

18 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 17 Timetable n Links directly to the department server n Timetable changes are updated immediately n Relieves room conflict problems

19 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 18 Class Web Page

20 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 19 Course Outline n Essential course information n Schedules for laboratory experiments n Parts and tool lists n College policy on plagiarism, missed tests, etc

21 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 20 Course Outline

22 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 21 Class Web Page

23 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 22 Assignments n List of recommended problems from each chapter n Solutions obtained in.pdf files on a separate page by clicking on appropriate assignment number

24 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 23 Class Web Page

25 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 24 Quizzes n Quizzes are basically a tool to ensure student is keeping up with the work n They are an excellent preparation for term tests n Quizzes are made up in more than one form and colour coded. Students with quizzes of similar colour do not sit together.

26 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 25 Quizzes n Solutions to in-class quizzes are given in a similar as the assignment solutions n Practice quizzes are readily available from: u a test bank of instructor provided problems u publisher web sites

27 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 26 Class Web Page

28 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 27 Tests n Information on Lab tests and Term tests is provided on the web page n Solutions are available in a similar manner to that for quizzes and assignments n More than one version of each test is given to avoid students copying in large classes where they are sitting close together

29 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 28 Class Web Page

30 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 29 Exam n Information is provided on exam and a recommended study guide n List of practice problems can be viewed or downloaded as excellent practice for the exam

31 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 30 Class Web Page

32 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 31 Lecture Notes n Provides topic details with reading references for each class u students missing classes can catch up more easily u less “bugging” the professor u makes good re-run or review of lecture

33 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 32 Lecture Notes n Following slides are from my devices course u these notes on Diodes were created using Word and imported into Power Point

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37 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 36 Lecture Notes n Following slides are the lecture notes for ETY155 u these have been edited from slides provided by the publisher of the textbook used for the course

38 Chapter 7 Series-Parallel Circuits

39 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 38 Analysis of Series- Parallel Circuits n To find the currents in the circuit, first redraw the circuit. n Move the source branch all the way to the left. n Reduce the circuit to a series circuit..

40 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 39 Analysis of Series- Parallel Circuits n Use the Voltage Divider Rule to determine voltages. n Use Ohm’s Law to determine the currents. n Notice R T = = 9 k 

41 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 40 Class Web Page

42 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 41 Discussion Group n Service provided by Netscape in collaboration with Seneca College u Restricted to students in class u Threaded format available u Encourage students to use this and not personal for related questions u Gives 24 hr access to help both on and off campus

43 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 42 Class Web Page

44 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 43 Self Teaching Software n Provides downloadable.exe files for understanding circuits u software used is professionally produced u extensive use of graphics u straight text based software is not appropriate for college students

45 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 44 Class Web Page

46 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 45 Electronic Workbench Files n Circuits designed that provide additional learning opportunities: u comparison of a complex circuit and its Thevenin equivalent u loading effect of instruments n Following file corresponds to the series-parallel circuit described earlier u Notice R T = 9 k 

47 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 46 Electronic Workbench Files

48 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 47 Class Web Page

49 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 48 Learning Aid Links n Provide convenient listing of web sites for appropriate course topics u resistor colour codes u Kirchoff voltage and current laws u series-parallel circuits

50 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 49 Class Web Page

51 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 50 Links to Publisher Tests n Most publishers provide additional information related to their texts n Usually divided into chapters u summary u tips u quizzes u discussion groups

52 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 51 Future Work n Video/audio aids for labs u breadboarding u set up of equipment u soldering u available on both web site and lab workstations

53 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 52 Future Work n Use of Web Page Lecture Notes directly in class by instructor using lap top u less reliance on “chalk and talk” u can integrate with circuit software to support class examples u can address large classes u “hand-outs” easily created

54 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 53 Future Work n Possible integration with commercial web software u Web CT u Blackboard F currently used by some faculty at Seneca College

55 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 54 Conclusion n In the opening speech of the STCEX Conference, Dr Hermann Shmidt stated: u “….. In the 21 st century paradigm the primary learning focus is on the student, the secondary focus is on the teacher ……”

56 STCEX Conference, Saudi Arabia 55 Conclusion n Utilisation of a class web page achieves this objective You got that right !! I aced my class quiz Larry


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