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July 28, 2011 AT 5:58 pm

Socratic Electronics

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Socratic Electronics, thanks David!

The purpose of this website is to provide both rationale and resources for research/discussion-based instruction to instructors everywhere. Central to the Socratic Electronics project is a large collection of questions and answers, intended as student assignments. By requiring students to research answers to these questions, then present their findings in class, students learn how to locate information, problem-solve, collaborate, and clearly articulate their thoughts while learning the basic subject matter. While the resources provided on this site are specifically designed for teaching electronics, the method itself is applicable to a wide variety of disciplines. I welcome constructive criticism, as well as participation in the development of this learning resource.

An important feature of these questions and answers is that they are configurable. They are organized in such a format as to be assembled into custom worksheets suitable for use in a variety of electronics classroom settings. Thus, you are not bound to using the compiled worksheets as they appear on this website. Rather, you may easily select which problems you wish to have on your own worksheet(s), and create them automatically by editing and executing a simple computer “script” file.


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2 Comments

  1. "I just drank WHAT?!?" — Socrates

  2. I have been using these question sets, some questions of my own making as well as an online textbook developed by Tony Kuphaldt as well (it can be found at http://www.allaboutcircuits.com as well as other places) in my intro electronics classes for a couple of years. They are an incredibly valuable resource. The online text coupled with the Socratic electronics is a perfect candidate for starting the "Learn This" button idea (http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2011/07/21/wheres-the-learn-this-button/)…the content and question sets have been developed already, it just needs an ambitious coder to put it all together.

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