Monthly Archives: September 2012

Announcing Cirquits : A Hackathon for Circuits

Win Prize

We are very excited to bring you what we call – a Hackathon for Circuits. Here is the deal – we are opening up ‘A Circuit A Week’ to you – our users. If your entry gets selected as the month’s circuit – we will publish your circuit, make you our poster boy ( or girl ) for a month, paint the town red with your mug shot, and did I say – give you a cool gizmo as a prize. And we will do this EVERY MONTH !

But wait – you need to qualify for this. Making it to the super league aint so simple. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Log in www.DoCircuits.com

2. Create 5 awesome circuits – that work – and save each one of  them. ( You can view your saved circuits in your profile )

3. Send us an email at info@docircuits.com with the SUBJECT ENROLL : CIRQUITS tell us your username and we will enroll you if you are all set.

4. Details on how to submit your entry for ‘A Circuit A Week’ will be sent over email.

You can send multiple entries and also qualify for every month’s contest. So – what are you waiting for, grab your seats and quickly get us the 5 circuits to qualify.

 

Early Survey Results

In our earlier post we had told you about a survey we are doing, where we are trying to understand what educators and teachers think of virtual labs. While the survey is still ON – we were quite excited by some of the results, and wanted to share them with you.

Our first question was to understand how faculty use simulations today. Here are some results.

How simulation is used(Click on the picture to enlarge )

Our second question was about accessibility. It is no surprise that easy accessibility is a key metric today.

Online Browser Based Simulator(Click on the picture to enlarge )

Device agnostic also came up as expected. Faculty also feels the need for such simulations to be accessible on devices.

Device Agnostic simulation(Click on the picture to enlarge )

The next one is very interesting and even Prof Anant Agarwal of MITx fame talks about it. Technologies to generate and evaluate higher order assessments are  much needed today – not only in online learning but also in traditional classroom learning. In fact – I personally believe people are stretching MCQs a bit too far.
Online Assessments
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The last one is a solid indication that we are on the right track. People love our virtual devices and components. What do you think ?
Virtual circuit devices and components
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These are some early results. But these are interesting indications of things to come. Please share with your comments and feedback. We would love to hear them.

 

 

Online Learning and Its impact on Technology

I was watching this incredible video by Daphne Kolher as part of a TEDx talk. For the uninitiated Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed. With Coursera, Daphne Koller and co-founder Andrew Ng are bringing courses from top colleges online, free, for anyone who wants to take them.

What was interesting observation to me is with a slew of online courses in technical education done mostly using video lectures, quizzes ( objective ) may not be sufficient enough for students to achieve all the required learning outcomes. For example, a lot of courses needs labs for doing hands-on experiments – like EE courses, or needs students to acquire cognitive skills like being able to design, apply, evaluate, etc. Soem courses may need the students to do projects. How do you grade and assess such skills in an online framework ? Clearly quizzes are only a tip of the iceberg. Are the learning outcomes being sufficiently addressed in such courses ? What are your views ?

Virtual Labs: Survey

The last two weeks have been very busy, conducting closed trials, fixing bugs, engaging with more customers and finally most importantly reaching out to users for their feedback. ( I will urge users to share their feedback by sending an email toinfo@docircuits.com . We will soon integrate Uservoice into our system. )

We also have started a survey, trying to understand what educators and teachers think of virtual labs. If you are a teacher or if you know a teacher, we would request you to take the survey or send the survey across. It will take only 1/2 a minute to do this.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHFYcHhYYVVkTm5EbmwyQkV1U0xUNVE6MQ

If you leave your details, we will get back to you with 2 things

1. The final survey report

2. A complimentary access to the full features of DoCircuits

Meanwhile, please help us by spreading the word for DoCircuits. We welcome you, your friends to try out do circuits.

BTW, We are now on twitter – follow us on ‘docircuits’.

DoCircuits in 60 seconds !

Hi there !
As we go live, we wanted to share with you what we have been up to.

1. We are DoCircuits. We do exactly what the name suggests. We enable you to create and run circuits on the web. 24 X 7.
2. We are trying to make “doing circuits” fun, easy to use and closer to real labs.
3. We have been students before, and we understand your pains of analyzing and designing circuits. We are trying to create a tool that will make you smarter with these concepts.
4. If you are bored to death using traditional simulators or have never used one, we strongly suggest giving us a spin.
5. Our basic value proposition will always remain free. We hope to deliver additional value on top of it and earn our living :-)

We like getting bouquets but would welcome feedback for improving. We have have a long way to go from here, and your help and support will make our journey delightful. Please dont hesitate to recommend this to your friends and teachers as well.