Extending the TekBots [superscript TM] Platform for Learning [superscript TM] to upper division ECE courses
conference that “… education appears to ignore the need for connections and for
integration – which should be at the core of an engineering education.” In order to
solve this problem a group named ‘TekBotsTM’ was formed in 1999 in the
Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Oregon State University. The
solution that was produced is what is now known as Platforms for LearningTM.
Through Platforms for LearningTM, TekBotsTM not only strives to better curriculum
integration but also to teach valuable skills in order to produce work-ready
graduates. Since the inception of the program many courses have been greatly
improved through several cycles of refinement and evaluation. Even the concept of
Platforms for Learning has evolved because of continual study of engineering
education and observation within the classes that have been improved through
TekBots. This thesis presents the evolved TekBots program and Platforms for
LearningTM within the context of three upper division classes, Computer
Architecture and Assembly Language Programming (ECE375), Signals and
Systems II (ECE352), and Microprocessor System Design (ECE473).
Advisor:Fiez, Terri S.
School:Oregon State University
School Location:USA - Oregon
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:engineering study and teaching higher activity programs robots design construction
Date of Publication:09/24/2004