Jana Reisslein

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—Outreach to K–12 schools is important for attracting students to electrical engineering. Circuits kits provide K–12 students hands-on interactions with electrical circuits. The goal of this experimental study was to investigate the effects of two types of electrical circuit element representations on the self-reported perceptions of the outreach activity(More)
—Multimedia networking has been emerging in recent years as a strong driving force behind the expansion of the Internet. However, this topic is not commonly covered in the already content intensive introductory networking courses. To facilitate student self-study of this novel topic the authors have developed a computer-based instructional module on the(More)
—Research has shown that providing instructional prompts in computer-based learning environments designed to support example-based learning fosters learning. In computer-based environments, where learners interact only with a computer and do not have access to direct support from a teacher, learners need to be provided with instructional prompts or(More)
This study examined the effectiveness of a computer-based environment employing three example-based instructional procedures (exampleeproblem, problemeexample, and fading) to teach series and parallel electrical circuit analysis to learners classified by two levels of prior knowledge (low and high). Although no differences between the instructional(More)
Multimedia engineering instruction typically includes verbal descriptions and diagrams, which can be presented in a contextualized format, using descriptions and illustrations of real-life elements (e.g., light bulb and battery), or in an abstract format, using conventional electrical engineering symbols. How the sequencing of these representation formats(More)
In an effort to retain students in the electrical and computer science/engineering programs at Arizona State University, a freshman-level introductory digital logic design course was designed with extensive active learning components in cooperative student teams as well as hardware and software (simulation) labs. This paper reports on an evaluation of the(More)
This study examined the effect of the pace of transitioning from worked examples to independent problem solving for students with three different levels of prior knowledge. Three paces of transitioning were examined: immediate transitioning, fast fading , and slow fading. The study was conducted with engineering college freshmen in the engineering knowledge(More)
—Learning the analysis of electrical circuits represented by circuit diagrams is often challenging for novice students. An open research question in electrical circuit analysis instruction is whether color coding of the mathematical symbols (variables) that denote electrical quantities can improve circuit analysis learning. The present study compared two(More)
The use of video in distance education courses has a long tradition, with many colleges and universities having been delivering distance education courses with video since the 80's using the Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) and cable television. With the emergence of the Internet and the increased access bandwidths from private homes to the(More)
An important challenge in the introductory communication networks course in electrical and computer engineering curricula is to integrate emerging topics, such as wireless Internet access and network security, into the already content-intensive course. At the same time it is essential to provide students with experiences in online collaboration, which is(More)