Using Technology To Enhance And Expand The Learning Environment In A Lower Division Computer Engineering Course
2002 Annual Conference Proceedings
During the summer of 2001 the lower division computer engineering course at Iowa State University (ISU), Introduction to Digital Design, was restructured to leverage instructional technology, incorporate multimedia, and reach a geographically diverse group of learners. A faculty member from Computer Engineering partnered with Engineering Distance Education to take this unique opportunity to explore how we could teach this course more effectively. Innovative use of technology and media impacted
... and media impacted not only what we were able to do in the lecture, but also the laboratories that are part of part of the course. The lectures were captured digitally and made available using streaming video. This gives students flexibility in viewing lectures multiple times as they learn. Before this, students only had the option of viewing the content in a synchronous mode. One of the other powerful advantages of using technology was the ability to bring examples from the real world into the classroom. For example, in discussing finite state machines the instructor did a remote session in front of a vending machine, which illustrated the concepts using something students interact with often. In reconsidering the laboratory experience, the focus was on addressing the issues related to providing hands-on experiences to distance students. Addressing these issues for off-campus learners also had positive implications for the large on-campus student body in computer engineering. An example of a change to the course lab, which will discussed later.