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Title: Increasing Student Retention Comprehension by Providing Every Student Their Own Industry Standard Tools in Introductory Engineering Classes PDF
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Creator: Cole, Clint
Hagemeister, Jack
Harris, Joseph
O'Fallon, Andrew
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Recent improvements in the design of microcontrollers and the availability of free development tools now allow each student to have access to state of the art development tools and hardware. Students must be provided access to these industry leading tools to be competent and competitive in the marketplace. A study to be conducted at Washington State University will measure changes in student performance and retention when first year engineering students have exposure and unlimited access to state of the art development tools and hardware. Data will be collected from surveys, exams, project reports, laboratory assignments, and homework. Quantitative data will be analyzed by comparison to historical data gathered from student groups that did not have exposure to and unlimited access to development tools. Qualitative data will be used to determine the subjective quality of each students experience. Each student will be given a Digilent CerebotII board that contains an Atmel ATMega64L microcontroller. The ATMega64L microcontroller is an industry standard device that features several peripheral devices, including timers, serial communication methods and analog to digital converters. The CerebotII has 52 user configurable I/O pins, multiple power supply options and will be used in several projects ranging from toggling an onboard LED to controlling a complex robot. The CerebotII will be programmed using the Atmels free AVR Studio 4 IDE that can compile code written in either C or assembly. Specific outcomes will include assessing whether retention of students in engineering related studies increases; whether the overall learning process was improved; whether students have a better knowledge of modern technologies and development methods; and whether student comprehension of founding concepts improves.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electronics -- Applications of electronics -- Computer engineering. Computer hardware
Technology -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering -- Electronics -- Microelectronics. Integrated circuits
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Electrical engineering
Manufacturing -- Integrated circuits
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-09-03 03:00:03 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-13 14:01:11 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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