Ming Sheng's research while affiliated with UNSW Sydney and other places

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This chapter describes the use of educational technology for enhancing student learning at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications (EE&T) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Over the past decade, the school has introduced and trialled various technology-based approaches in the form of electronic whiteboard-based lecture...
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Results of a large four‐year longitudinal study of issues affecting student learning has motivated the development of a new mode of teaching, which takes the context of student learning into account and enhances student understanding of subject material. This new mode of lecture delivery is based on digital capture and student‐controlled, user‐conf...
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This paper describes a self-directed, project-based learning scheme implemented in an introductory signal processing course at the University of New South Wales. The course was structured around a major laboratory project in which students were required to research course material, understand the relevant theory, and apply this in order to arrive a...
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Technological advances in recent years have broadened the options for conveying learning material in situations other than traditional face-to-face classroom delivery, such as distance learning or self-directed learning. In this paper, we report on a major redesign of classroom spaces and technology developments to create a more flexible teaching a...
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This paper discusses the innovative use of the Tablet PC for lectures and the electronic whiteboard for tutorial discussions and laboratories. The paper also presents the new evaluation results on the use of the electronic whiteboard for prerecorded lectures that combine a synchronized lecturer video with dynamic annotation. The results clearly sho...
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The ability to revisit live lecture material confers a range of benefits to students, particularly if it can closely replicate the rich environment of the live classroom. This paper proposes a new mode of lecture delivery based on digital capture and student-controlled playback of synchronized lecturer dynamic annotation and video. This approach wa...
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This paper describes initial results of a project involving the development and application of novel signal processing education techniques. The work is part of a collaborative program between the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, and the Department of Electronic Engineer...
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Despite many advances in teaching approaches and technologies in recent years, current methods for revisiting live lecture content, which can suit the learning pace of each individual student, are not developed to their full potential. This paper describes a tool, for either capturing or pre-recording both the lecturer's video linked with the lectu...
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This paper presents our experience in constructing an electronic whiteboard-based computer laboratory for teaching digital signal processing (DSP) courses in Australian undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Student interaction with the electronic whiteboard-based tutorial class environment is also reported. Away from the laboratory, DSP lectures...
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The paper presents our experience in teaching a digital signal processing (DSP) course in an Australian postgraduate program entirely using virtual tele-lectures. A virtual teaching laboratory was designed for this purpose, allowing students to receive fully interactive, real time lectures delivered from a remote international location. We present...
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This paper reports the development and application of virtual classroom player (VCPlayer), a multimedia educational technology tool for the recording, playback and review of educational sessions in both local and tele-teaching environments. The VCPlayer allows the combination of two media streams synchro-nously, one displaying the lecture/tutor and...

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... 49% of students watched the lecture once (the equivalent exposure to content to attending the live lecture), while 39% watched the lecture more than once, as seen in This both validates the need for revisiting live lectures, and tends to confirm earlier indications that live the classroom environment is not necessarily the ideal learning environment for all students. Interestingly, student preferences concerning the way in which DVD-based material was employed were evenly split between the two delivery modes presented in section II, consistent with responses from previous surveys [3]. Clearly deeper investigation is required to determine why one mode is preferred over the other and how the two should be used in course design to achieve the optimum learning outcomes. ...
... The prevalence of the concept of self-directed learning has been in line with the new types of modern lifestyle and has been considered as a tool for changing society through the clarification of the new personal accountabilities (Ambikairajah, Epps, Sheng & Celler, 2008; Brockett & Hiemstra, 1991; Candy 1991; Chu & Tsai, 2009; Confessore, 1992; Jarvis, 2001; Loyens, Magda & Rikers, 2008 ). Selfdirected learning has been offered as a survival necessity in response to the fast-changing requirements of modern era (Caffarella, 1993; Grow, 1991; Quinney, Smith & Galbraith, 2010). ...
... With the use of the electronic whiteboard and tablet PC [10], we pre-recorded the lectures and provided them to students on a DVD using our VCPlayer software [3], [7], [8]. The DVD included the lecturer's annotated slides in digital format (See Fig. 4), along with a video and audio of the lecturer's presentation, which resembles the live classroom situation. ...
... Based on our experience, the Tablet PC provides a different form of interactive electronic whiteboard teaching in a classroom environment [6]. Compared to a laptop, a Tablet PC offers several advantages, including the ability to 1) prepare lectures using PowerPoint slides and annotate these during the lecture; 2) maintain constant eye contact with the class since there is no need for the lecturer to turn to the board; 3) revisit previously discussed material during the class; 4) switch easily to other applications such as a real-time simulation of a digital filter using MATLAB and use the digital pen to draw attention to a specific item; and 5) avoid labor-intensive PowerPoint animations in lecture notes as the Tablet PC allows annotation with natural handwriting. ...
... Although the Internet was initially a text-based medium, an increased access to high speed broadband now allows the use of video to depict the products and services that are available, making them more tangible (Stafford 1996, Vilnai-Yavetz andTifferet 2009). Videorecordings can be used to deliver information captured at a remote time allowing the online provision of services such as education, entertainment, or health care (Della Mea 2005, Ambikairajah et al. 2006. ...
... There are a few instances in [6] and [7] where DSP has been taught as project-based learning and problem-based learning respectively. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) experimented self-directed project-based learning in 2007 and 2008 [8][9][10]. ...
... Here, instead of live lectures, pre-recorded lecture videos were given to students on DVDs, recorded using a virtual class room player. A detailed analysis of student evaluations following this trial is reported in [12]. Furthermore, in order to motivate the students to study the course gradually rather than cramming closer to the time of the final exam and to examine students' preparatory knowledge of the lab materials, an ongoing lab quiz system facilitated by WebCT, was used. ...
... A mobile IROI streaming system is presented in [18] that, transfers qualitative videos to smart phones and tablet. An electronic whiteboard-based teaching laboratory proposed in [19] have proved that these teaching services can be appropriately utilized to boost communication between student and teacher during lecture and to preserve lecture outcomes in pdf format for learning. An automated end-to-end system which performs all functions like grabbing, transmission, watching, archiving, and searching of presentations is presented in [20]. ...
... Research involving developed countries abound (e.g. Ambikairajah, Epps, Sheng & Celler, 2007;Pamuk, Çakır, Ergun, Yılmaz, & Ayas, 2013;Tosuntaş, Karadağ, & Orhan, 2015) with few studies investigating tablet PC use to improve educational practise in developing contexts (Laubscher, Blignaut, Nieuwoudt, & Els, 2015;Lauricella, Blackwell & Wartella, 2017). ...