A case study in the use of animated visual models in communications engineering education

Dave Pearce, Phil Barker

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The presentation of communication protocols in a traditional lecture format is problematic. Many of the systems and algorithms in common use are dynamic in operation and difficult to understand from static diagrams or verbal descriptions; and engineering students often have a visual learning style and would be expected to gain a more intuitive understanding of systems from seeing them working. This paper reports a study into the use of a series of animated simulation tools in lectures for a sophomore course in communications protocols. The approach has won widespread praise from students, as well as winning a national award for engineering education, and the models have been adopted by several universities worldwide. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2010.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition; Louisville, KY; United States; 20 June 2010 through 23 June 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 201023 Jun 2010


Conference2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLouisville, KY


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