Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2018 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings



Conference Name

2018 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24 - 27, 2018


The disappearing and lack technical supports in hardware and software of 68XXX and 80XXX microcontrollers have made the finding of the replacement an urgent issue in the academic communities. There are many new comers such as Microchip PIC, Arduino ATMEL, and Texas Instruments ARM M series to choose from, but obstacles and learning curve for the faculty to adopt the new environment with these new microcontrollers have issues to slow the process. There were efforts made with grant supports to disseminate the curricula development on PIC and Arduino microcontrollers. But, industries have suggested and expressed the needs and desire of 32 bits ARM microcontroller’s skills from engineer and technology programs graduates to fill the job markets. This article presents a preliminary study and comparison that introduce a concept of collaborated efforts among different institutions to develop the ARM curricula that aimed to fit the industry’s call for duties. These curricula development efforts are not only aim at on-campus face-to-face teaching and learning strategy but also distance hands-on learning through delivering course modules using both synchronous and asynchronous. An assessment of this jointed efforts are also part of the studies. Engineering technology focuses on both "hands-on and mind-on" design work and the article is to demonstrate the collaborated efforts in advanced curriculum development such as the ARM microcontroller which is the key ingredient for success. Through the development efforts and online Learning Management System (LMS) designs that make the distance delivery and cyber-enabled learning possible. These efforts not only benefit the interested faculty/teachers in better teaching and learning, but also support the students who can learn more advanced technical concepts that are needed for emerging high-tech jobs for today and in the future.

Highlights of the presentation will address the following:

• Research and development of the virtual classrooms and open source service server. • Design and development of the supported material. • Implementation strategies and planning for the distance hands-on approach. • Preliminary assessment of the teaching and learning. • Recommendations of potential adoption of the development. • Continuous improvement of teaching and learning in academic community.


© 2018 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 23-27, 2018.

Original Publication Citation

Hsiung, S. C., Jao, F., Xu, L., & Issapour, M. (2018). Collaborated efforts in TI ARM M4/32bits microcontroller curricula developments and assessments. Paper presented at the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.