Computer-based classroom model earns praise

February 16, 2011

Ideas from two Arizona State University engineers for getting students more actively engaged in their education through a “computer-based classroom” model are drawing attention and recognition from peers.

Keith Holbert and George Karady propose using that model to shift the education paradigm – specifically in engineering courses – from a “teacher-centered approach” to a “learner-centered environment.” Download Full Image

Their ideas are detailed in “Strategies, Challenges and Prospects for Active Learning in the Computer-Based Classroom,” which won them the 2010 best Transactions in Education  paper award from the Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional engineering organization.

Karady is a professor and Holbert is an associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Their award marks the first time ASU faculty members have earned best paper honors for an article on education theory in the IEEE’s Transactions in Education journal.

The paper points out that much of modern engineering work necessitates use of computers. So a computer-based learning environment, they say, makes sense in teaching engineering – especially in helping students keep up with ever more rapid advances in information and design technologies.

The authors documented opinions of students learning in a computer-based classroom over a five-year period. They concluded that students learn more when engaged in participatory activities, particularly when using computers to apply new technologies in solving engineering problems.

Their paper provides a strategy for developing active learning methods for a computer -based classroom.  It also looks at concerns about making the shift from the conventional teaching approach to the new type of classroom environment they propose.

Their award was presented at the annual Frontiers In Education conference in Washington, D.C.

Karady is an IEEE Fellow – the highest rank of membership – and has authored a book and more than 120 articles in research journals and 180 professional conference publications.  His areas of expertise are power electronics, high-voltage engineering and power systems.

Holbert, a senior IEEE member and a registered professional engineer, focuses on nuclear power engineering, process monitoring and diagnostics, sensor fault detection, instrumentation development, fuzzy logic, spacecraft charging and radiation effects on electronics. He has authored more than 85 journal and conference papers.

Amy Lukau contributed to writing this article

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Men's golf places fifth at the Battle at the Beach

February 16, 2011

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The Arizona State men's golf team shot a 9-over par 359 in the third round and took fifth place at the Battle at the Beach in Newport Beach, Calif., with a 23-over par 1073 (351-363-359). Junior Philip">">Ph... Francis recorded a 2-over par 72 in the final round to register the top score for the Sun Devils with a 1-over par 211 (70-69-72) and finished in seventh.

Senior Scott">">Scott Pinckney tied for 10th with a 3-over par 213 (70-74-69) after carding a 1-under par 69 in the third round, his seventh round under par this season. This is the second consecutive tournament Pinckney has placed in the top-10. Seniors Thomas">">Thomas Buran (70-76-72) and James">">James Byrne (71-75-72) each shot a 2-over par 72 and finished in a tie for 29th at 8-over par 218. Senior Oscar">">... Zetterwall ended the tournament with a 21-over par 221 (70-77-74) and in a tie for 45th after shooting a 4-over par 74 in the final round. Senior Jesper">">... Kennegard tied for 66th with a 27-over par 227 (77-69-81).

UCLA rose to the top of the leaderboard in the final round with a 1-over par 351 and finished with a 7-over par 1057 (353-353-351). San Diego took second at 10-over par 1060 (348-353-359), followed by Augusta State at 15-over par 1065 (350-365-351) and Washington at 16-over par 1066 (351-352-363). Oregon State finished in ninth with a 43-over par 1093 (365-362-366).

The Sun Devils are competing in the two-day USC Invitational Feb. 28 - March 1 in Westlake Village, Calif.