This site provides the basic principles including all electrical calculations and operations as well as the applications of these principles on electrical engineering. The site contains a series of 20 videos that go over problems for this specific course using the TI30X-IIB calculator.
Type of Material:
• The videos in this online course can be used as a study guide for the exams in the basic math and physics classes.
• Videos can be used as a reference in lecture notes.
• The videos will help students learn how to use their TI30X-IIB calculator.
It works on all browsers including smart phones and does not require any plugins.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students can use this site as a guide to review some basic concepts that are required for their math assignments and exams such as vectors calculations, algebra essential calculations, and trigonometry calculations.
Target Student Population:
First year mathematics, physics, and electrical and computer engineering students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
• This site gives a short written introduction about each principle.
• This site gives how to use the scientific calculator for each principle.
This site does not provide lecture notes for each video. It would be better to have lecture notes in the site supporting each video. It is limited to students in this particular class using this particular calculator. There are no explanations of why the mathematics is done; it just shows the instructor putting the numbers into the calculator. Also, there are closed captions available, but they are just what the speech to text recognition software gives which shows incorrect text for most of the sentences that are spoken. Also, the speaker encourages students to use 3.14 or 22/7 instead of the pi button which is easily found on the calculator.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• This material can be used by students to review all fundamental principles for math, physics, and engineering courses.
• Students can also learn more about using the scientific calculator for the required calculations in their math and engineering assignments and lab projects.
• There are no sample assignments or practice quizzes in this site to give students an opportunity to apply what they learned from the given principles.
• There are no detailed descriptions for some of the given principles.
• The audience for this site is limited to students using this particular calculator for this particular course. The site will probably only be used by students in this instructor’s class.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• It is easy to use this site by just clicking on each principle and view the corresponding video.
• The layout of the site is easy to use with the list on videos on the left and the actual video being watched on the right.
The site can be quite monotonous as it contains only standard dry examples and no humor or excitement in the speaker’s presentation.
Other Issues and Comments:
• I would suggest that the site should add some practice quizzes or online assignments with solutions related to the given principles because this would be very helpful for the users of this site to learn more.
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