Distance learning - How to use this new didactic Method in education of electronics engineering?

Zsolt Illyefalvi-Vitéz, Peter Gordon

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Distance Learning (DL) is an instructional delivery system that connects learners with educational resources. This definition lays the emphasis on the connecting process, and with the general use of the World Wide Web, which connects people and information sources no matter where their locations are in the world, the Web became the most effective and convenient delivery tool for distance learning. The Web has opened up the possibility of global training, which can be accessed and interactively used by any learners, any time, at any location, as long as he or she has the necessary connection to the Internet. In microelectronics and microsystems interconnection and packaging technology, in our main field of interest, the rapid development is accompanied by the dramatic change of the knowledge required from engineers, researchers and scientists [11]. Therefore the preparation of electronics engineers for the ever growing requirements is especially a challenge for today's education, and there is an essential need for the application of advanced curricula and teaching methods. Web-based distance learning is considered to be the right solution, since it increases access to learning opportunities, and it accommodates multiple learning styles. Distance learning does not preclude traditional learning processes: frequently it is used in conjunction with in-person classroom or professional training procedures and practices, however, today information technologies can allow a rich interactivity that may surpass that of a traditional classroom, and could provide the highest learning efficiency. In the present paper the driving forces for the development of curricula and didactic methods are outlined, followed by the detailed discussion of the needs for and the applicability of distance learning. Then an example is provided for the application of the Internet-based Performance Centered Instructions (IPCI) model [15] for providing Web-based DL experiments in the special field of Surface Mounting Technology (SMT) for students of electrical engineering and graduated engineers interested in microelectronics packaging and interconnection technology. Finally the conclusions are drawn and further efforts are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1725-1730
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - Electronic Components and Technology Conference
Publication statusPublished - Dec 27 2004
Event2004 Proceedings - 54th Electronic Components and Technology Conference - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2004Jun 4 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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