Building a Continuing Education Program for Embedded Systems with Labs and Distance Support
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In spring 2000 the University of Colorado Electrical Engineering department and CAETE (Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education) launched an Embedded Systems Certificate program with two new courses taught by two adjunct professors from industry. Since this time the program has become self funding, has added three additional courses, and has built out a shared lab for embedded systems using funding from the CU Engineering Excellence fund and grants from local industry. This paper reports on how the successful certificate program was built and innovative new approaches being investigated for distance lab support in a fifth class added this spring 2007, Real Time Digital Media and Control Systems. The approach taken and lessons learned at CU are reported to assist other institutions designing similar programs.