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Design and Evaluation of a Microcontroller Training System for Hands-on Distance and Campus-Based Classes

Authors
  • Steve Hsiung (Old Dominian University)
  • John M. Ritz (Old Dominian University)
  • Richard Jones (Old Dominian University)
  • Jim eiland (Blue Ridge Community College)

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to design a low cost microcontroller trainer that is affordable ($130) for students to keep and improve student learning. The design eliminated institutional bud- get constraints for lab equipment and overcame obstacles in teaching digital microprocessor/microcontroller related courses that are delivered through distance learning and campus-based formats. Use of this trainer in conjunction with supporting curriculum provided opportunities to students in rural and urban areas to learn with hands-on experimentations of current technology concepts and become better prepared to qualify for high-tech jobs. The training system’s hardware and software were tested and evaluated through workshops, university, and community college courses.

Keywords: computer programming, computer technology, distance learning, electricity, electronics, internet, teaching methods

How to Cite:

Hsiung, S. & Ritz, J. M. & Jones, R. & eiland, J., (2010) “Design and Evaluation of a Microcontroller Training System for Hands-on Distance and Campus-Based Classes”, The Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering 26(3).

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10 Jan 2010
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