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Interactive Web-based tutorials for teaching digital electronics
Author(s): Donald G. Bailey
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Paper Abstract

With a wide range of student abilities in a class, it is difficult to effectively teach and stimulate all students. A series of web based tutorials was designed to help weaker students and stretch the stronger students. The tutorials consist of a series of HTML web pages with embedded Java applets. This combination is particularly powerful for providing interactive demonstrations because any textual content may be easily provided within the web page. The applet is able to be a compete working program that dynamically illustrates the concept, or provides a working environment for the student to experiment and work through their solution. The applet is dynamic, and responds to the student through both mouse clicks and keyboard entry. These allow the student to adjust parameters, make selections, and affect the way the program is run or information is displayed. Such interaction allows each applet to provide a mini demonstration or experiment to help the student understand a particular concept or technique. The approach taken is illustrated with a tutorial that dynamically shows the relationships between a truth table, Karnaugh amp, logic circuit and Boolean algebra representations of a logic function, and dramatically illustrates the effect of minimization on the resultant circuit. Use of the tutorial has resulted in significant benefits, particularly with weaker students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4228, Design, Modeling, and Simulation in Microelectronics, (24 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405415
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Donald G. Bailey, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4228:
Design, Modeling, and Simulation in Microelectronics
Bernard Courtois; Serge N. Demidenko; Lee Y. Lau, Editor(s)

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