7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 2, 2017 2:59 PM by gpolder

    Which brands and equipment would you like to study as a MOOC?

      Massive Open Online Courses

      Over the past 2 years, element14 has promoted some popular open access distant learning courses from partnered Universities including the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and Valparaiso University alongside some of the biggest branded electronic manufacturers.


      Our longest running MOOC being ‘Embedded Systems – Shape the World’ – an element14/Texas Instruments/edX MOOC.


      MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offer practical, academia learning, guiding students globally through courses of approximately 100 hours of self-paced web learning, enrolled on platforms such as coursera, edX and udemy, delivered by real engineers and lecturers.


      All course hardware or lab kits can always be purchased through the element14 store and soon students will be able to connect and share their experiences and discussions in a new e14 Study Group and by leaving comments in a revamped MOOC page within Learning Center. More on these soon.


      Now, we would like to know which electronics suppliers would you like to study at an intermediate to advanced level over a period of weeks or months in your own time?

      Let us know here which brands and technologies are important to you and why.


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        • Re: Which brands and equipment would you like to study?

          This is a great idea. Courses that focus around a specific brand can be really helpful. TI courses are great. But other brands come to mind -- NXP, Altera, ST Microeclectronics. In the industrial realm, Schneider Electric, Eaton, Honeywell should be part of the mix. I am sure there are plenty of others. So, I'd be interested in seeing what kind of list we could come up with.

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          • Re: Which brands and equipment would you like to study?

            I think you could end up with a very long list here as everyone is going to have their favourite brand and then within each brand there are going to be a lot of different technologies each one of which one could potentially create a course around - especially devices where there is a programming aspect in addition to the integration.


            I've been looking for a decent on-line course based around the Atmel AVR and SMART microcontrollers as I appear to have a growing number of them either in the form of Arduinos (Uno/Mega/Zero), or in Xplained Mini 328 / Pro SAMD21 evaluation kits, or in discrete components on breadboard. Although there are already a lot of books and web pages out there, there is perhaps still room for a more advanced academic type course surrounding programming and interfacing them, especially one with an emphasis on good design practice. However it might be better to split such a course up into brand specific modules and then more generic design and interfacing modules as everyone appears to have their favourite brand of microcontroller these days.


            I've also been interested in learning more about the likes of the Siemens Simatic S7 PLCs, ever since I saw them being used for educational robotics / process control.

            • Re: Which brands and equipment would you like to study?
              Jan Cumps


              I'd like to see metrology and proper Lab measurement practices.


              Any of your measurement instruments suppliers - and lab automation software providers - would be a good candidates

              • Re: Which brands and equipment would you like to study?

                Definitely an open ended question.


                My current technology interest is in measuring photon exchange at the atomic and molecular level, so I am looking for sensitive EM detectors with very wide bandwidths.


                I am also looking a making spectral measurements from materials, again, wide bandwidth, very high frequencies.


                If you have any vendor doing advanced semiconductor research, I have a lot of ideas that they could work on that would make significant advances in devices of all types.


                In general, I agree with Jan Cumps, lab equipment, advanced sensors, materials analysis, analysis software.  This last one is important because of my disabilities.  If any vendor needs an extreme ease of use tester, I am the right person.  Over forty-years of advanced technology experience from DC to way beyond light.



                • Re: Which brands and equipment would you like to study as a MOOC?

                  I like PSoC devices, because they offer a completely different approach than "traditional" MCUs. A lot of things can be done in configurable digital blocks, without using the CPU.


                  I would also appreciate courses about sensing - how to properly interface sensors to MCUs and process the data. I also haven't found any basic course for wireless communication (many standards available).


                  Another huge topic is the transition from "simple" programs to using the OSes (and RTOSes) and frameworks made by the manufacturers. It is easy to blink an LED on any development board on the market, but is quite challenging to learn how to properly use USB, WiFi, Bluetooth LE etc. Also, lessons on general software architecture (related to embedded applications) could be a good topic. How to write maintainable code, test own modules and so on.


                  By the way, I would like to mention a few more already existing MOOCs:


                  Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan created wonderful From NAND to Tetris courses, where you can built a 16 bit computer using NAND gates. The second course focuses on the SW architecture, OS and high level programming language. (I only took the first course, so far.)



                  What is great about it - not just the content, but also the "one step at a time" approach. I miss that in other MOOCs. For example edX Embedded Systems Course is very good, but the there is a huge jump between some of the lessons (especially in the end).


                  Mentioning edX Embedded Systems Course, there is also a following course, introducing RTOSes and Bluetooth.


                  (Unfortunatelly, for me it became too difficult after a few lessons.)


                  STMicroelectronics started preparing a few MOOCs and I hope they will continue.


                  I can recommend the NFC course, which was a great introduction for anyone not familiar with NFC. Simply presented (of course, with the product portfolio of STM, which I consider as a good thing) and easy to follow course.


                  I tried to look for courses on embedded systems subject and it appears that there are not many. If I were a manufacturer or a distributor, I would simply try to create MOOCs on the products that are used most often and where is the highest selling and/or spreading potential. The academic courses sometimes lack the focus on real world applications.

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                  • Re: Which brands and equipment would you like to study as a MOOC?

                    a course around the  Red Pitaya STEMlab would be great.

                    Looks like a very neat device for either measuring, learning FPGA or software defined radio.


                    Regarding MOOCs, my daughter (10) did a Scratch course for kids by TUDelft on Edx last summer.


                    Now together with her teacher the whole group is doing the course. After finishing they switch to Lego Mindstorms, with a robot challenge in the end.