Title

Teaching ECET Students to be Self-Directed Learners with First-Year Projects and Amateur Radio

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Publication Source

Journal of Engineering Technology

Volume

24

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

28-34

Publisher

American Society for Engineering Education

ISBN/ISSN

07479964

Abstract

The first two years of an Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program hare been enhanced by adding application-oriented projects including an amateur radio receirer to the curriculum, using state-of-the-art techniques (e.g., digital signal processing, software-defined radios, and surface-mount technology). Today's lileclrical T.ngi-neering (EE) and ECET students are less likely to be electronics enthusiasts than students of earlier generations uere. The use of carefully selected projects early in the curriculum is one way to help them derelop enthusiasm for technology. Those who become enthusiasts also become self-motirated and self-directed learners, resulting in improvements in retention and learning.

Keywords

students, curricula, digital radio, signal processing, amateur radio, application-oriented, electrical and computer engineering technologies, software-defined radios

Disciplines

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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