A4 Conference proceedings

Hands-on work in a web-based Basic Electronics course

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Publication Details
Authors: Naukkarinen Johanna, Kuisma Mikko, Järvisalo Heikki
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Title of parent publication: SEFI 47th Annual Conference 2019 Proceedings
Start page: 817
End page: 824
Number of pages: 8
eISBN: 978-2-87352-018-2
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Open Access publication


For the past eighteen years, LUT
university has offered a basic electronics course for secondary high-school
students as an open and distance education. Over the years, the course has
evolved in many ways. As the latest development step, a set of practical
hands-on activities was added to the mainly web-based course in the quest to
make the study matters more interesting and better relate the theory of
electronics to the everyday life.

The latest edition of the course
consisted of self-study materials, weekly assignments on a learning platform, a
laboratory day on the university’s premises, and an electronics-related project
work, where students devised a project plan, executed, documented, and
presented the project. To get acquainted with the Arduino platform the students
completed three small programming exercises.

There were many different
challenges in adding hands-on work to a distance teaching course. The students
came from seventeen different high schools, hundreds of kilometres apart, and
most of them quite far from the university. Most of the students had no prior
experience in using Arduino boards, and the high-school teachers were not
involved with the course, so all the supervision had to be arranged by the

Despite the obstacles, the
addition of a hands-on element to the course was considered a success. In the
course feedback, the students rated the project work high in terms of its
support for learning. In the web discussions, many of the students mentioned
the project as the most interesting experience in the course.

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