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A true interactive CAL package for teaching of basic electrical circuit theory

Fung, C.C.ORCID: 0000-0001-5182-3558 and Eren, H. (1998) A true interactive CAL package for teaching of basic electrical circuit theory. In: Proceedings of the 7th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 4 - 5 February, Perth: The University of Western Australia

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In electrical engineering, circuit theory is an essential subject normally delivered as lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The cost to conduct practical sessions however is high due to smaller-size classes, the engagement of laboratory supervisors and the requirements on space, test equipment and consumable components. Although Computer Aided Learning (CAL) and simulator packages that claim to be interactive are used to replace practical experiments, the interaction is normally limited to the keyboard and the monitor. For first year students, a virtual laboratory environment can never replace the experience gained from hands on sessions. The objective of this project is to develop a "true-interactive" CAL package that functions as an electronic tutor, laboratory supervisor and assessor. The package consists of three parts. Part A introduces course topics with examples. Part B guides the student through several practical experiments. Students are expected to assemble and measure the electronic circuits as in a normal laboratory session. A custom-built hardware interface allows the software to monitor the student's progress. Finally, an assessment session will test the student's understanding on the subject. This paper provides the technical description of the development of package and discussions on possible further enhancements.

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