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Active Learning by Utilizing Tablet PCs in an Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Impact on Student Learning

Impact on Teaching

Technology Integration

Best Practices Based on Instructor/Student Comments

Poster Presentation 2008-2009

Poster Presentation 2007-2008

Student Video on Tablet PC in the Classroom

Project Abstract:
The main goal of this project is to move toward a full integration of active learning with tablet PCs into an Electrical Engineering (EE) degree program. In order to achieve this goal, students are allowed to borrow tablet PCs for the entire semester. In addition, the HP mobile technology is used to design, create, and implement a continuum of courses integrating active learning into our EE program. By gradually adding more courses into the project, students and faculty members will experience a seamless and unison implementation of active learning environment in most of the courses in our program.

Quick Facts
This project is funded in part by a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant and a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership grant.

Electrical Engineering

CMPET 403, Switching Circuit Designs
CSE 271, Introduction to Digital Systems
E E 315, Electrical Signals and Circuits
E E 330, Engineering Electromagnetics
E E 341, Semiconductor Device Principles
E E 481, Control Systems
E ENG 361, Electromagnetics
E ENG 433, Control Systems

# Students Impacted:
CMPET 403, 14 (Spring 2009)
CSE 271, 36 (Fall 2007) + 36 (Fall 2008)
E E 315, 22 (Fall 2008)
E E 330, 17 (Spring 2009)
E E 341, 24 (Fall 2008)
E E 481, (was E ENG 433), 14 (Fall 2008)
E ENG 361, 40 (Spring 2008) + 40 (Spring 2009)
E ENG 433, 24 (Fall 2007) + 24 (Fall 2008)

Project Team:
Hossein Jula, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, (Principle Investigator)
AB Shafaye, Senior Instructor of Electrical Engineering,
Cheryl Ebel, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Mohammad Tofighi, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Carol McQuiggan, Instructional Designer
Anthony Clauto, Multimedia Support Specialist

This project is aimed at addressing the challenges presented by traditional lecture-based engineering courses including passive and uninvolved students, a lack of individualized instruction, and inefficient methods for collaborative learning. Using tablet PCs, electrical engineering students will have access to necessary design and computation tools to solve small in-class projects collaboratively, and share their processes and results with each other. Tablet PCs will help to integrate computer simulation tools within analytical calculations during the class, resulting in better understanding by the students. Real-time learning supported through active learning and class assessments is much more transparent with the ability to see and hear their learning during class activities. The process and product of their learning become visible. This enables the instructor and students to take early steps to identify and resolve any gaps in the learning process.

Contact Information
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hossein Jula, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering,
Instructional Designer: Carol McQuiggan,

Footnote: Course name changes that took effect in Spring 2008.

  • CSE271 to CMPEN 271
  • E ENG 361 to E E 330
  • E ENG 433 to E E 481

School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Programs in Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology
Penn State Harrisburg
W-256 Olmsted Building
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

Telephone: (717) 948-6093
Facsimile: (717) 948-6352

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