Work in progress: Effects of text, illustration, and simulation in a digital signal processing course: An experimental study

Wei Fan Chen, Wen Hsiung Wu

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Abstract

Digital Filter Design in electronics/electrical engineering involves complicated mathematical equations and dynamic waveform variations. It is a consensus among educators that using simulation tools helps improve students' learning experience. However, very few studies provided scientific evidence to support this notion. In a Digital Signal Processing (DSP) course, students received three different types of instructional messages (online text only, text plus static illustrations, and text plus simulations). An experimental study was designed to investigate potential main effects of the independent variables: instructional message on students' post-test scores. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was performed to analyze collected data. Results from 132 students showed significant differences among students in a post-test learning achievement (F(2,130)=13.590, p<.05). A follow-up test indicated that students who used a simulation tool performed significant better scores on their learning achievement test than those who only received online text materials and than those who received text plus static illustrations (p<.05).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/0610/31/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Chen, W. F., & Wu, W. H. (2006). Work in progress: Effects of text, illustration, and simulation in a digital signal processing course: An experimental study. In 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE [4116943] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322420