Top 10 Reasons to Use NI LabVIEW for Effective Engineering Education

Publish Date: Aug 08, 2013 | 8 Ratings | 3.88 out of 5 | Print
Empower Your Students to Do Engineering
Help your students move through an effective and engaging continuum of education – start with classroom theory, allow for software simulation, and then let them experiment with physical hardware and Do Engineering. With LabVIEW, students can accomplish hands-on project- and system-based learning in a single environment, and they can use these skills when they move to industry. Listed below are the reasons why:
    Take measurements in minutes.
  With built-in I/O integration and instrument control, you can quickly configure and use almost any measurement device. LabVIEW delivers seamless connectivity with a wide range of measurement hardware and instruments communicating through USB, PXI, Ethernet, GPIB, and many others, helping you get to the data and experimentation faster.
    Analyze signals with advanced built-in math and signal processing functions.
  Access thousands of built-in functions to perform advanced math and signal processing functions such as filtering, frequency analysis, probability and statistics, curve fitting, interpolation, and more. Unlike software development tools designed only for DAQ or signal processing, LabVIEW is a completely integrated solution so you can simultaneously acquire and analyze data.
    Visualize and interact with live data while your application is running.
  Quickly create GUIs to interact with your applications and visualize your data using hundreds of included charts, graphs, thermometers, and 2D and 3D visualization tools. Simply drag and drop built-in objects onto your user interface and customize object behavior such as color and label font with interactive property pages to help customize the user experience. Change parameters while the program is running to identify data trends in real time, without having to recompile for each configuration.
    Deploy and execute on multiple hardware targets.
  Develop your application on multiple OSs and deploy to various hardware targets with the same development environment and toolchain. LabVIEW programs can be developed for Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and Pharlap and deployed on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), microprocessors, PCI, PXI, USB, and more. This gives you the ability to expose your students to multiple hardware platforms while staying in the same development environment.
    Stay up-to-date with the latest technologies.
  Incorporate cutting-edge technology into the classroom. Using LabVIEW you can save time, as low-level technology is abstracted, allowing you to bring powerful tools such as multicore programming, FPGA layout, and network communication into the student’s hands through the LabVIEW graphical environment.
    Apply multiple problem-solving approaches.
  Integrate graphical dataflow programming with other high-level development frameworks to optimize your application development. You can integrate the best approaches to solve your problem using statecharts, ANSI C programming, develop and reuse .m files, and modeling and simulation. LabVIEW gives you flexibility on how to teach the concepts, and lets your students choose what best fits their learning style.
    Access hundreds of free LabVIEW courseware downloads.
  Gain access to free educational resources, labs, exercises, and tutorials that can help you learn how to use LabVIEW and incorporate it into your course. The library of materials covers disciplines throughout engineering and science to save you time and give you ideas to teach with LabVIEW. Browse courseware.
    Go from whiteboard to block diagram in senior design.
  Give your students the ability to spend more time exploring concepts, investigating theory through application, and applying design models, and less time learning the tools required to do so. With the LabVIEW graphical programming environment, students can take concepts from a whiteboard design and transition them to the programming language quickly and intuitively, giving them more time for design and implementation.
    Prepare students with industry-standard tools and skills.
  LabVIEW, a powerful development environment built specifically for engineers and scientists, is used in a variety of industries ranging from telecommunications to aerospace and by over 90 percent of Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. Teach your students fundamental engineering and science concepts with this industry-standard tool to prototype, design, and build their applications, thereby making them industry-ready.
    Direct students to the 24/7 online student learning portal.
  Give your students the opportunity to explore and experiment with LabVIEW on their personal machine and portable USB DAQ. They can learn at their own pace with video tutorials, detailed explanations, exercises, quizzes, and projects. Direct your students to to learn the basics of the LabVIEW environment and DAQ without having to be in the lab setting.

Additional Resources

 Learn about LabVIEW purchasing options including software licensing for your classroom and lab

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