Faculty Teaching and Learning Resource Page

Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Resource Page for ECE Instructional Faculty. The purpose of this page is to translate strategies for effective teaching from cognitive science sources into a form that is accessible by ECE faculty. A good reference, and the basis for the videos below, is a book that summarizes several theories on learning from cognitive science and puts them into a form that is easy to read for typical instructors. (See item 5 in the "Other Resources" list at the bottom of the page.)

A guide to the principles of teaching for ECE faculty:
 

Engineering Approach to Designing Your Courses

Activate Prior Knowledge

Organize Knowledge

Motivation

Practice and Timely Feedback

Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Climate
            Includes comments on curving grades and making tests.

 

Faculty Videos that address these principles:
 

 

Activate Prior Memory

Organize Knowledge

Motivation

Practice and Feedback

Climate

Two Minute Quizzes (Ferri)

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Clickers* (Moore)

 

 

 

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Kahoot!* (Davis)

 

 

 

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Team-Based Learning (Cohen)

 

 

 

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In-Class Worksheets (Ferri)

 

 

 

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Hands-On Learning in Class (Ferri)

 

 

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Practical Skills and Design (Ferri)

 

 

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Techniques and Examples  (Klein) This is helpful for anyone teaching programming.

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Other Resources:

  1. Effective Teaching Presentation by Tom Gaylord
  2. Guideline for Making Tests for Typical ECE Courses

  3. A resource for implementing portable (mobile) hands-on learning is the YouTube Channel Mobile Hands-On Learning STEM. This channel, developed as part of an NSF contract [add contract number], is a resource for faculty who are interested in experimenting with embedded systems or data acquisition boards in their courses. Jim Hamblen has a video here. Please contact Bonnie Ferri if you would like to add a video to this channel.

  4. Hard evidence that inserting experiments into your class is effective for learning is included in the following link. This paper is based on an experiment in the ECE3710 Circuits and Electronics course Ferri et al \

  5. How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching, by S. Ambrose, M.W. Bridges, M. DiPietro, M. Lovett, M. Norman, John Wiley, 2010.

  6. Partners in Education: you can use undergraduate students to help develop course resources. For example, have design teams design and build projects that can be used for courses. The VIP Hands-On Learning Team (advised by A. Ferri from ME and B. Ferri from ECE) is an example.

    VIP HOL short promo

    A sample of an experimental platform that was designed and built by ECE and ME students for an ME senior-level lab on control systems is RC car on a Treadmill.

 

Last revised October 19, 2017