Integration of Computer-based Electronics Laboratory into a Control Systems Course in Electronics Technology

J.R. Garcia and M. Kim (USA)


Computer simulation, distance education, Multsim and LabVIEW


The goal of this study was to adapt the work of other researchers to improve the delivery of electronics lecture and laboratory content in the Electronics & Computer Technology (ECT) area of the BS in Industrial Technology at San Jose State University. Research on ethnic and gender differences in learning styles suggests that ethnic minorities and women work best when students work in teams and have a high level of hands on experimentation and problem-solving. We developed our materials to maximize these aspects. This project created online lecture and laboratory materials for Tech 167—Control Systems, an upper division electronics course using Multisim and LabVIEW. The interface between Multisim and LabVIEW can be applied to other fields outside technology and engineering. Any field that requires students to perform experiments can benefit from this interface. For instance, students can perform a physics experiment at another institution and send their measurement results through the Internet. The instructor then compares these students’ measurements with the correct ones using this interface between Multisim and LabVIEW.

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