IMPROVE OF TEACHING-LEARNING PROCESS IN ELECTRONICS BY USING A SMARTPHONE AS A KEY TO ACCESS THE LABORATORY. CASE: CENTRE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

E.A. Murillo Bracamontes, N.A. Barboza Tello, J.L. Rodríguez Verduzco

Autonomous University of Baja California (MEXICO)
The development of new technologies, the access to new communication ways, and the need to adapt teaching techniques to new generations is the main motivation for this work. In order to control the use of measuring equipment installed in each electronic lab, the Engineering and Technology Centre, have a system to control labs access, but it is outdated, every teacher who wants to use the laboratory must request access key to laboratory manager and register its entry with a signature on a form, this situation mainly causes delays in the start of each class. To solve this problem we have developed a control system for an electronic lock which is accessed through a Smartphone application. The system counts with a register of labs users and assigns a personnel code to each one. Each user has an application installed on his own cell phone and when they want to access the lab just need to type their security code, then the electronic lock gives them access and the user name and time of use is recorded in memory. This system is low cost and "Open source" which allows to be used for practical experiments of various electronic engineering subject as microprocessors and control systems. Students can learn the basic operation of a basic communication systems between mobile devices, also have access to new technologies applied to solving real problems, raising interest in meaningful learning.