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Innovative strategies for teaching wireless applications on the software-defined radio platform to multilevel cohorts

27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016

Abstract: Context: In this paper, we describe innovative teaching methods that led to a successful delivery of the advanced level Master of engineering coursework in wireless communications at the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) department in Monash University. Our novel teaching approach aims at delivering industry relevant wireless communications coursework using the state-of-the-art prototyping software defined radio (SDR) platform to novice and experienced professionals entering research and development in wireless telecom world.

Purpose: Using state-of-the art software defined radio platform to teach Wireless applications to multilevel cohorts.

Approach: Recognizing that learning is not a spectator sport, we took the approach of "active learning" strategy for delivering the new course. We moved away from the conventional lecture-only model for teaching and adopted integration of active learning strategies into our mode of instruction.

Results: Our practice of active learning strategies to teach advanced theoretical concepts on the USRP-RIO SDR platform is proven to be particularly effective. Some of the positive outcomes of our approach include improved understanding of practical aspects of wireless communications concepts, ability to identify technical problems and discuss them with likeminded professionals in the classroom. Interact with engineers from industry and form connections with other professionals with similar career aspirations. We provide analysis on the information collected from the student's feedback on their learning outcomes.

Conclusions: In conclusion, our teaching methodology presented in this paper was successfully practiced in delivering the advanced level course to engineering cohorts. This innovative strategy proved to be particularly effective in enhancing student engagement during contact hours with the instructor.

To cite this article: Kongara, Gayathri. Innovative strategies for teaching wireless applications on the software-defined radio platform to multilevel cohorts [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 429-432. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=683679425631471;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 28 May 17].

Personal Author: Kongara, Gayathri; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 429-432. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Technological innovations--Study and teaching; Educational innovations--Planning; Systems engineering--Study and teaching; Software radio; Wireless Application Protocol (Computer network protocol); Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Monash University, email: Gayathri.kongara@monash.edu

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