Observations and Reflections on Teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses

  • Ottar L. OsenEmail author
  • Robin T. Bye
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 865)


In this article, we make a number of observations and reflections based on our experience from many years of teaching courses in electrical and computer engineering bachelor programmes. We present important aspects of attendance, lectures, group work, and compulsory coursework, and how these can be addressed to improve student learning. Moreover, we discuss how to facilitate active learning activities, focussing on simple in-classroom activities and larger problem-based activities such as assignments, projects, and laboratory work, and highlight solving real-world problems by means of practical application of relevant theory as key to achieving intended learning outcomes. Our observations and reflections are then put into a theoretical context, including students’ approaches of learning, constructive alignment, active learning, and problem-based versus problem-solving learning. Next, we present and discuss the results from two recent student evaluation surveys, one for senior (final-year) students and one for junior (first- and second-year) students, and draw some conclusions. Finally, we add some remarks regarding our findings and point to future work.


Active learning Problem-solving learning Assessment Engineering pedagogy and didactics Constructive alignment 



The Software and Intelligent Control (SoftICE) Laboratory is grateful for the financial support given by the Study Committee at NTNU in Ålesund through the educational research project Research-Based and Innovation-Driven Learning (FILA), grant no. 70440500.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Software and Intelligent Control Engineering Laboratory, Department of ICT and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringNTNU—Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyÅlesundNorway

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