Title

Active Learning, Labs and Maker-spaces in Microwave Circuit Design Courses

Published In

2017 40th International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics (MIPRO)

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

Circuit design courses in general, and microwave circuit design courses as a subspecialty, have been taught over many decades. It is relatively recently, however, that instructors have started experimenting with more modern approaches to in-class and out-of-class instruction. In our attempt to make instruction more effective we have turned to: a) utilizing classroom interaction systems and collaborative work in class, b) studio-like approach to labs where students are encouraged to explore a problem through design, simulation, building and testing of simple structures, c) makerspaces that enable full design-build-test-redesign cycle of fairly sophisticated designs, and d) systematic literature reviews for graduate students taking the courses. We describe our experiences in designing and implementing a sequence of two courses, present assessment data, discuss obstacles to student learning, and propose additional ways to improve student learning.

DOI

10.23919/MIPRO.2017.7973380

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25938

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