Innovative Telecommunications Training through Flexible Radio Platforms

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Demir A. F., Pekoz B., Kose S., Arslan H.

IEEE Communications Magazine, vol.57, no.11, pp.27-33, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/mcom.001.1900245
  • Journal Name: IEEE Communications Magazine
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-33
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


The everchanging telecommunication industry is in severe need of a highly skilled workforce to shape and deploy future generation communication systems. This article presents innovative telecommunication training that is designed to satisfy this need. The training focuses on hardware layers of the open systems interconnection model. It integrates theory, numerical modeling, and hardware implementation to ensure complete and long-lasting understanding. The key telecommunication concepts that are covered in the fundamental training phase are detailed along with best teaching practices. In addition, methods that enrich the learning experience, such as gamified microtasks and interactive use of daily telecommunication devices, are featured. The project development case studies that cultivate creative thinking and scientific interest are highlighted. Also, a well-established guideline to compose the teaching environment that emphasizes hands-on experience is provided. Therefore, the presented training can be exemplary to other institutions that share the same mission to educate the distinguished engineers of the future.