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This is a sample set of the types of questions asked in ECE101 to build upon the Diversity Harnessing concept. This module will outline both successes and failures of the questions to draw useful material from the participating students.


My course, ECE101: Exploring Digital Information Technologies, explores many topics. The common thread in all these topics are that they lead to knowledge in how to produce well-engineered software/hardware solutions to life's many problems. In this module, I highlight just a few of the course topics, the Diversity Harnessing question used associated with that topic, a short list of some responses obtained from the students, and a discussion on how those responses were (or were not) used in preparing course materials.


Name up to three web sites that you find particularly fun. Explain what it is that makes each site fun for you.
Which features do you feel you would be able to implement from your experiences in ECE101? Which features to you suspect would be far too difficult?

My goal was to use the answers to this question to determine applications for HTML/JavaScript that I could code during lecture using only the handful of simple techniques they had already learned (plus maybe one or two more as needed).

Student response "a"

Three websites that I find particularly fun are youtube.com, halolz.com, and tumblr.com. I like the fact that each of these sites provides original content bytheir users all in one place and in various forms as well. The layout for each is very easy to use and you can easily share what you find on other social networkingsites with the click of a button.
Besides adding a title, headings, and paragraphs, we honestly can't do too much right now since we don't have much experience. From my past experience workingwith HTML, I would be able to add pictures, video, hyperlinks, and tables, but aside from those, advanced features like creating a playlist, favoriting, andsubscribing may be too difficult at this time.

Response A is quite useful. It provides exact sites that many other students would also be familiar with and interested in. The student also expresses the range of prior experience in HTML and specific skills that are wanting. Unfortunately, the skills they request are a bit complex for an in-lecture demonstration although we do something similar during lab . In the end, I used the answers to this question in a different manner: I showed them how to write JavaScript code to allow the class to enter the URLs of their favorite sites using a browser and have the browser automatically generate a website of ECE101's favorite web sites. I may also use the list of websites and descriptive keywords to teach XML to classes in the future.
If the responses don't guide you where you expect, be prepared to make lemonade from lemons by using them in a different manner! Either way, it personalizes the course.


Give an example of what enters your mind when you hear the word “Information.” Devise a short definition of “Information.”

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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Source:  OpenStax, Diversity harnessing: content personalization for engaging non-stem students in stem topics. OpenStax CNX. Jun 21, 2013 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11439/1.8
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