Importance of Practical Relevance and Design Modules in Electrical Circuits Education

Ruba Akram Amarin, Issa Batarseh, Kalpathy Sundaram, Arthur Weeks

Abstract


The interactive technical electronic book, TechEBook, currently under development at the University of Central Florida (UCF), provides a useful tool for engineers and scientists through unique features compared to the most used traditional electrical circuit textbooks available in the market. TechEBook has comprised the two worlds of classical circuit books and an interactive operating platform such as iPads, laptops and desktops utilizing Java Virtual Machine operator. The TechEBook provides an interactive applets screen that holds many modules, in which each had a specific application in the self learning process.

This paper describes two of the interactive techniques in the TechEBook known as, Practical Relevance Modules (PRM) and Design Modules (DM). The Practical Relevance Module will assist the readers to learn electrical circuit analysis and to understand the practical application of the electrical network theory through solving real world examples and problems. The Design Module will help students design real-life problems. These modules will be displayed after each section in the TechEBook for the user to relate his/her understanding with the outside world, which introduces the term me-applying and me-designing, as a comprehensive full experience for self or individualized education. The main emphasis of this paper is the PRM while the DM will be discussed in brief. A practical example of applying the PRM and DM features is discussed as part of a basic electrical engineering course currently given at UCF and results show improved student performances in learning materials in Electrical Circuits. In the future, such modules can be redesigned to become highly interactive with illustrated animations.

Keywords


Practical Relevance Module; Design Module; Tool; Electrical Circuits; Interactive book

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