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Jorge Torres Gómez, Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Yannelys Jerez Naranjo and Carmen Peláez-Moreno, "Teaching differently: The digital signal processing of multimedia content through the use of liberal arts," IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 2021. (online first)


Generally, the curriculum design for undergraduate students enrolled on digital signal processing (DSP) related engineering programs covers hard topics from specific disciplines, namely mathematics, digital electronics, or programming. Typically, these topics are very demanding from the point of view of both students and teachers due to the inherent complexity of the mathematical formulation. However, improvements to the effectiveness of teaching can be achieved through a multisensorial approach supported by liberal arts. By including the development of art and literacy skills in the curriculum design, the fundamentals of DSP topics may be taught from a qualitative perspective, compared to the solely analytical standpoint taken by traditional curricula. We postulate that this approach increases both comprehension and memorization of abstract concepts by stimulating the students' creativity and curiosity. In this paper, we elaborate upon a methodology that incorporates liberal arts concepts into the teaching of signal processing techniques. We also illustrate the application of this methodology through specific classroom activities related to the digital processing of multimedia contents in undergraduate academic programmes. With this proposal, we also aim to lessen the perceived difficulty of the topic, stimulate critical thinking, and establish a framework within which non-engineering departments may contribute to the teaching of engineering subjects.

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Jorge Torres Gómez
Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo
Yannelys Jerez Naranjo
Carmen Peláez-Moreno

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    author = {Torres G{\'{o}}mez, Jorge and Rodr{\'{i}}guez-Hidalgo, Antonio and Jerez Naranjo, Yannelys and Pel{\'{a}}ez-Moreno, Carmen},
    doi = {10.1109/MSP.2021.3053218},
    note = {to appear},
    title = {{Teaching differently: The digital signal processing of multimedia content through the use of liberal arts}},
    journal = {IEEE Signal Processing Magazine},
    issn = {1053-5888},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    year = {2021},

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