Professor Robert Bowman in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering completed a 15-week online certification course with 20 seasoned engineers from Bendix Corp., of Elyria, Ohio. The course was commissioned by Bendix in order to offer its engineers a way to enhance their skills for designing solutions in both analog and mechanical engineering. The course had a hands-on component thanks to design kits that connect to laptop computers called Analog Discovery kits, produced by Analog Devices Inc. and Digilent Inc.
There is a nationwide trend in engineering where engineers are expected to take on greater responsibility for designing across the signal chain.
“To my knowledge, this is the first online course in electrical engineering that used student-owned test and measurement equipment and that the exercises were conducted by students in their own workspace. These were not remotely operated instruments. The actual lab exercises were conducted by the students using their own equipment,” he says.
Assistance for labs was provided by online video lectures, online interactive office hours, and an online discussion board.
“Our electrical engineering department is fully committed to this approach,” Bowman says. “We purchased 200 Analog Discovery modules and parts kits for the Fall Freshman Practicum course. We will also use this course at our campus in Dubai. This completely changes our thoughts on engaging students in the electrical engineering program. These are exciting times.”
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