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Recent changes in engineering education (relaxation of admission conditions, diversification in learning speed,...) have lead to less homogeneity in the target group and require a more personalized approach.
General web-based learning environments provide an easy access to relevant information (lecture notes, agenda,...) and often also a forum to stimulate discussions. So they facilitate learning but they do not intervene in the learning process directly.
A first step in handling this demand for more flexibility while keeping the teaching workload acceptable, consists in the automation of carefully selected domain-specific tasks. In particular, subtasks requiring a personalized approach (and hence much tutoring effort), were targeted.

Circuit Analysis (CASTr)

Circuit analysis is a cornerstone in electrical engineering and developing comprehensive (symbolic) reasoning skills is an essential educational goal.

Based upon a considerable experience in teaching electronics, a new training tool was conceived and implemented. Triggered by user's comments, it is streamlined further and new features will be added.

The CAS-group is also exploring the feasibility and possible benefits of other domain-specific elearning applications.


[1] Ludo Weyten, Pieter Rombouts en Jeroen De Maeyer "Web-based trainer for electrical circuit analysis," IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EDUCATION, Vol. 52, pp. 185-189 (2009)
[2] Ludo Weyten, Pieter Rombouts, Benoit Catteau en Maarten De Bock "Validation of Symbolic Expressions in Circuit Analysis E-Learning," IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EDUCATION, Vol. 54, pp. 564-568, Nov. 2011.