A progressive design approach to enhance project-based learning in applied electronics through an optoelectronic sensing project

Gao Wei Chang, Zong Mu Yeh, Shih Yao Pan, Chia Cheng Liao, Hsiu Ming Chang

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In this paper, a progressive design learning approach is proposed in the course of "applied electronics"to help students to develop system design skills through an optoelectronic sensing project. This project offers a progressive guideline to lead student teams to design, build, and troubleshoot their optoelectronic systems. Such a system contains a light-source current stabilizer, a photodiode amplifier, a microcontroller system (including input and output), and optomechanical devices. In this approach, students are motivated to learn the required knowledge and skills in a future professional capacity. Those skills include designing specification, realizing teamwork and communication, and developing a variety of optoelectronic sensing techniques. Through this project, an optoelectronic sensing system is established called a spatial radiance distribution measurement system for various light sources. In particular, this kind of system is useful and important for LED industries. The course evaluations have been obtained from classmates and instructors and these results indicate that the objectives of this course are achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-233
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 1



  • Microelectronics education
  • Optoelectronic sensing technique
  • Optoelectronics education
  • Project-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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