Applications of Innovative “Active Learning” Strategy in “Control Systems” Curriculum

  • Dmitry BazylevEmail author
  • Alexander Shchukin
  • Alexey Margun
  • Konstantin Zimenko
  • Artem Kremlev
  • Anton Titov
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 59)


The paper describes the learning course “The integrated design and control systems” of “System analysis and control” master program at ITMO University with using of active learning methods. The key feature of the course is application of active learning methods on lectures and seminars, namely “Problem-based lectures”, “Lectures with planned errors” and “Press conference lectures”. In order to implement a practical knowledge background of students the laboratory bench ASUD-2 was developed. Results of the course implementation have shown a high level of students training and improvement of their professional skills.


Active learning approach Master student Control system Laboratory bench 



This work was partially financially supported by Government of Russian Federation, Grant 074-U01. This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation (Project 14.Z50.31.0031).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dmitry Bazylev
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexander Shchukin
    • 1
  • Alexey Margun
    • 1
  • Konstantin Zimenko
    • 1
  • Artem Kremlev
    • 1
  • Anton Titov
    • 1
  1. 1.ITMO UniversitySaint PetersburgRussia

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