Active and Cooperative Learning in Signal Processing Courses

John R. Buck and Kathleen E. Wage

This work describes positive effects of using active and cooperative learning (ACL) methods to improve signal processing instruction. It provides examples, references, and assessment data that encourage other instructors to consider this approach. Conclusions are based on impressions gathered through conversations with students during office hours as well as on responses from anonymous student opinion surveys. In addition to these subjective assessments, preliminary quantitative data measured with the signals and systems concept inventory (SSCI) support the benefits of ACL techniques in signal processing courses.

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