Interactive Learning Technology Improves Engineering Student Competencies

By Peter Mark Jansson.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Over the past four (4) years the development and improvement of a set of interactive learning technologies has been incorporated into the teaching of a set of core electrical and computer engineering courses (Networks I and II - also known as DC circuits and AC circuits). The results have shown a steady increase in the performance of circuit analysis by the second year students and a significant increase in the quantity of core knowledge imparted during the quarter long sequences during which each course is delivered. This paper describes the interactive technologies - how they are implemented in the didactic environment in the college - and the improvements in student competencies as a result. It is believed the use of these or similar interactive learning technologies may be critical to the active engagement in their own learning of the current generation of students raised in the digital age.

Keywords: Interactive, Learning, Active Learning, Technologies, Engaging Digital Learners

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.85-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 636.660KB).

Dr. Peter Mark Jansson

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA

With over 28 years of experience in research, engineering, management, consulting and education within the electric power industry, my focus is on the application of new technology to learning and research focused predominantly on the creation of new paradigms for the way electric power is generated, distributed and used to serve the primary demands of modern society for efficient services and satisfaction of its fundamental needs. Primary areas of research include photovoltaic energy systems, wind energy resources and technologies and new paradigm generation technologies based upon Mach's Principle, electric/magnetic field interactions and the science of inertia. I have been testing interactive learning methodologies in the classroom and laboratory during the past few years at Rowan University's College of Engineering and have found that these learning experiences have significantly enhanced student perception, mastery and competence in the course learning outcomes.


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