Project and group based learning and competition based evaluation in lesson of microcontroller applications

Kocak E., BAYIR R.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 Şubat 2009, cilt.1, ss.1513-1518 identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 1
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.267
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Nicosia
  • Basıldığı Ülke: CYPRUS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1513-1518


A process control which requires software and hardware has been given to students as a project study in microcontroller education. The class divided into groups of 2 student each and given names to each group. A temperature control which is the mostly used application of microcontrollers in industry has been chosen as the application. Various stages have been determined for facilitating to realize the project. Selections of equipments that will be used in application and writing of codes are performed by each group after the technical information given by the instructor. Students have behaved freely on their selections. On their selections by considering advantages and disadvantages they have endeavor to ensure supremacy for winning the race. Basic subprograms are presented to groups for controlling of the project with microcontroller and writing of code. Students may change these codes or add new codes. By running the projects in the same ambient the most correct running one is chosen as the first. The penalty points have been calculated considering constraints and rules. The first project is evaluated with the highest score. Projects of other groups are sorted by considering faults and running times of the projects. Scores of these groups are calculated by multiplying the standard deviation and a coefficient. Realization of the intended phases on time is added the evaluation. With group and project based working, the students have learned controlling of a process by using microcontroller, choosing convenient equipments to controller and realization of essential code. By means of this project, students have gained information and abilities necessary for industrial needs. Evaluation of the projects by a racing urges the student to a competition and increases success. Thanks to this microcontroller education, our students gain degree at national and international competitions based on microcontroller in various areas. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved