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Pedagogically Enhanced Learning in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Event Date: May 7, 2008
Speaker: Professor Cordelia Brown
Speaker Affiliation: Purdue University
Sponsor: ECE Prospective Faculty Candidate
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: EE 118
Contact Name: Prof David Meyer
Contact Phone: (765) 494-3476
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Advancing the state of learning in engineering is a recognized challenge at the national level, as evidenced by the multitude of publications by the National Academy of Engineering, the IEEE, and the ASEE.  The research reported in this presentation explores the development of pedagogical enhancements to improve in a significant and measurable way student learning in electrical and computer engineering. Pedagogically enhanced learning involves developing learning models based on learning theory.

 This seminar will begin by introducing national initiatives and recommendations on learning in engineering, followed by an overview of various learning theories and examples of engineering learning models. In particular, an innovative three-phase learning model that has been applied in Electrical and Computer Engineering will be discussed. Several specific projects that are currently being explored will also be presented.     The seminar will conclude with a discussion of future work and the potential impact of that work on retention and education quality in electrical and computer engineering.


Cordelia M. Brown, Ph. D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.  She earned her M. S. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and her B. S. from Tuskegee University in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests are in the development of learning models, assessment of instructional methods, laboratory design, cooperative learning, steer-by-wire, and retention and recruiting issues in Electrical and Computer Engineering.