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Technology Helping Ed Doering Expand Educational Horizons

September 11, 2014

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Helping Others: Popular professor Ed Doering helps students understand a variety of engineering topics through classroom and online teachings. (Photo by Dale Long)

There are no boundaries to Ed Doering’s passion for educating others on electrical circuits, digital control systems, and mechanical system modeling.

That’s why the popular electrical and computer engineering professor is available 24 hours a day to help people of all ages and professions from around the world through a variety of online educational resources.

Six of Doering’s resources are getting approximately 1,800 views per day and have had more than two million total views throughout the world. His lessons are featured on NTS Press’ YouTube channel (896 views per day), Rose-Hulman Online (700 visits daily), and Circuits Learned by Example Online project (CLEO) (160 views daily and approaching one million total views).

Those efforts have been recognized nationally. Doering was among 25 U.S. college professors and high school teachers honored this fall as Elite Educators by National Instruments (NI). He also received the company’s Excellence in Engineering Education Award in 2013. NI has been a longtime supporter of Doering’s online educational efforts.

NI Elite Educators are thought leaders in science and engineering education, chosen for their unique approach to teaching with NI technology. They also implement change and are eager to share their work with others who want to do the same.

“First and foremost, I am a teacher. The process of teaching is presenting material in a way that’s most easily understandable,” says Doering, a member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 1994. “I enjoy making materials available to help others. This is a way for me to distribute information to a wide range of audiences in a way that’s always available to help people.”

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Award Winning Educator: Ed Doering, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named one of the inaugural NI Elite Educators, by National Instruments. He also earned the company’s Excellence in Engineering Education Award in 2013. (Photo by Dale Long)

Doering’s latest project, the NI myRIO Project Essentials Guide, helped launch NI’s myRIO, a product introduced in August, 2013 for embedded systems, controls, mechatronics, and robotics. The guide helps students learn to interface a variety of sensors, actuators, and displays to NI myRIO.

The online tools offer carefully scripted narrated video clips with handwriting and drawings appearing as if “by magic” (through TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio and SnagIt screen capture software) to emphasize expert explanations of the rationale behind the multi-step solution process. The audio commentary is directed to an audience of one, so that each student feels that Doering is speaking directly to his/her particular need, as if sitting in a classroom at Rose-Hulman.

“It’s shocking to know that at any minute my voice is being heard in Shanghai (China), Manila (Philippines) or Santiago (Chile). That’s what makes technology so fascinating,” Doering says. “I enjoy using new technology to reach out to students when they need it most.”