2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Implementing a Remote Embedded Systems Computer Laboratory

Arnold S. Berger and Solomon Lane (Computing and Software Systems, UW Bothell)

UW Bothell is a commuter campus, located at the intersection of two busy highways. Our time schedules are designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional students, many of whom are balancing families, jobs and the commute to campus during rush hour to make it to class. Therefore, anything that could be done to allow them to make more effective use of their time is a direct benefit.

This session grew out of an independent study project undertaken by Solomon Lane when he was a senior in the CSS department at UWB taking Arnold Berger's embedded systems laboratory course. This class is an elective for seniors in the CSS department and gives the students "hands on" experience working with embedded computer hardware and software.

We wanted to find out if a course such as this, which typically required the student to be working over the hardware, could be also accomplished via remote access, so nearly everything that the student was required to do to complete the labs could be done from a remote location. Also, we wanted this to minimize the need for any custom-built hardware.

We found that we could meet our goals and that students could, and subsequently did opt to work remotely. However, one shortcoming that is still unresolved is how to enable a team of two students to both work remotely. The students who did work remotely seemed to be just as productive as the students who came to class and sat at the laboratory work areas.



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