Tablet PC Project-based Learning in EE244 Classroom

Project Overview

One great challenge for engineering education is to increase the retention rate for freshman and sophomore students. In 2008, CSULA received an NSF CCLI grant to redesign our Introduction to Digital Engineering course that aimed at enhancing studentsí interest in engineering by exposing them to fun hands-on in class projects. The proposed course redesign will employ the Tablet PC-based project-based learning model (TPBL) that has been proven to be effective in our upper division computer engineering courses.

The main components of the course redesign are: Tablet PC based dynamic lectures to more efficiently and effectively deliver course content; interactive in-class exercises using InkSurvey to collect student feedback to measure student learning and stimulate class discussions; integrated in-class design projects to progressively teach students about the design tools and process; and peer-facilitated workshops to reinforce and expand upon lecture material.

The objectives of our CCLI projects are threefold: 1) Foster studentsí skill in engineering design from the freshman level; 2) Stimulate studentsí interests and increase the retention rate via proposed pipelined design experience; 3) Improve teaching and learning efficiency by highly interactive instruction using Tablet PC. The redesigned EE244 class will bridge the gap in the pipeline of design education between ENGR100 and upper division design courses in computer engineering curriculum. As a result, students will gradually acquire an increasingly in-depth knowledge of design process and simulation/synthesis tools in step with their understanding of the theoretical course material.

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in any material on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF