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Various Interactive and Self-Learning Focused Tutorial Activities in the Power Electronic Course

Shahnia, F.ORCID: 0000-0002-8434-0525 and Yengejeh, H.H. (2019) Various Interactive and Self-Learning Focused Tutorial Activities in the Power Electronic Course. IEEE Transactions on Education, 62 (4). pp. 246-255.

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Contribution: This paper introduces the real-world
limitations and non-technical aspects of power electronics (PEs)projects to students through innovative tutorial activities.

Background: Many electrical engineering curricula offer a PE courses (PECs) for third- or fourth-year undergraduate students. Prior research on PEs education mainly focused on improving students’ experimental skills through developing practical experiments, laboratory activities, and problem/project-based learning. An instructional approach that instead employs real-world knowledge and skills is worth evaluating.

Intended Outcomes: Students should be able to consider realworld technical and non-technical limitations when applying theory to design PE circuits and converters, and be able to select and carry out appropriate tests to troubleshoot circuits.

Application Design: Prior research on engineering education emphasized the importance of introducing real-world limitations to the students as part of their curriculum. This paper suggests that the tutorial activities presented in a PEC can help students acquire skills in designing and troubleshooting a circuit or system according to desired technical aspects, real-world limitations, and available data.

Findings: Evidence of the validity of this approach in a PEC at two Australian universities, over four academic years, is provided. Students receiving the new tutorial activities had percentage scores some 10–15 points higher than those who had traditional tutorials. Another evaluation reveals the students’ vibrant participation in the activities during the new tutorial sessions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: IEEE Xplore
Copyright: © 2019 IEEE
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