New Teaching Approaches in Embedded System Courses
Dirk Van Merode
Dr.-Ing. Prof. h. c. Karsten Henke
- This article highlights new teaching approaches and course development in the field of embedded systems, within an international European Tempus project with a consortium of higher educational institutes from the EU and partners in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. It considers lessons learned and sharing of best practices within the development of concurrent courses and modules and implementing them in the partner universities. Considerably effort is attributed to strengthen the ties with industry in the field of embedded systems.
The paper elaborates on the scope of the project, preliminary analysis of competences needed for the local and international labor market, the intended goals of the project and strategies used in quality, dissemination and management of the project. In detail it deals with the courses developed, thematically divided in courses for hardware, software, CAD/CAM/CAE and some additional courses, all with learning disabilities in mind, ways to train the teachers on the new material and ways to support students with the newly delivered equipment. All is done in a blended learning way, with the use of distance learning, hands-on, remote and virtual laboratories. Finally this article deals with the risks and challenges of international projects of this scope and intermediary results.
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