MATLABArduino.org: An Open-Source Website and YouTube channel for Embedded Systems Education

Pramod Abichandani, Deepan Lobo, Chris Berry, Vaishali Parikh, William Fligor, William McIntyre

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Abstract

MATLABArduino.org and its associated YouTube channel were created to provide free-of-cost, high-definition YouTube videos that demonstrate the use of two powerful technologies - MATLAB and Arduino - to perform data-driven, embedded systems tasks for embedded systems education. This initiative aims to broaden the participation of students in engineering through the use of low-cost hardware, real-time visualizations of otherwise abstract concepts, and easy-to-follow instructional videos. This paper describes the video content developed as part of this educational initiative in detail. Viewership trends of the YouTube channel are reported to describe insights about the video engagement and viewer demographics. A qualitative analysis of the YouTube comments left by the viewers is provided, along with highlighted comments that show recurring themes. Finally, challenges encountered in operating this website and YouTube channel in the context of remote online education for embedded systems are described. As physical computing-based online education becomes increasingly pervasive, we anticipate that open educational resources similar to MATLABArduino.org will drive a significant amount of learning for engineering students. The insights presented here may guide current and future open educational initiatives for embedded systems remote learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665438513
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2021 - Lincoln, United States
Duration: Oct 13 2021Oct 16 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2021-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLincoln
Period10/13/2110/16/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

Keywords

  • Arduino
  • Distance Learning
  • Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Education
  • MATLAB
  • Open Educational Resources

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