Teaching Engineering Concepts by Interactive-Animated Learning Objects

By Francisco Ramos.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Computer-based animations are powerful and motivationally attractive education techniques. In this paper, we show the implementation of Flash-based learning objects for the explanation of some engineering concepts. Among others, we chose Flash due to its advantages for e-learning applications. The developed e-learning material is focused on optical transmitters. Simulation models for the optical response of a laser diode, Mach-Zehnder and electroabsorption modulators were implemented. The effectiveness of the learning approach was confirmed by the intense student engagement during the practical sessions and successful evaluation results.

Keywords: Learning Objects, Interactive Tools, Computer Animations, Student Engagement, Telecommunication Engineering

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp.143-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.449MB).

Prof. Francisco Ramos

Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Francisco Ramos received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Since 1998, he has been with the Department of Communications, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He has participated in several national and European research projects on areas such as optical access networks, broadband wireless systems, and optical networking. He has coauthored more than 80 papers in international journals and conferences. During the past few years, as a member of the Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, his research has focused on the application of active Mach–Zehnder interferometers to all-optical signal processing in optical time-division multiplexing/dense wavelength-division multiplexing networks and all-optical label swapping networks. Prof. Ramos acted as a reviewer for the IEE, the IEEE and for Taylor and Francis Publishers. He is also the recipient of the Prize of the Telecommunication Engineering Association of Spain for his dissertation on the application of optical nonlinear effects in microwave photonics.

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