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A Comparison of Learning between Experiments Using Virtual Reality and Hands-On Experiments: What is Real Enough?

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Chemical Engineering in Silico

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Chemical Engineering

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22.27.1 - 22.27.9



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Charles Nippert Widener University


Byung-Hwan Um Widener University

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Byung-Hwan Um is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Widener University, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University Auburn, 2007. Prior to joining Widener University, he was a research engineer of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Maine, where he led the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) Pulp and Biorefinery processing research cluster. He has 18 peer-reviewed publications in the field of biofuel and bioproducts, a patent for recovery of acetic acid from wood extracts, and 21 conference presentations. He has been active in serving as an editorial board member of Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology, also serving as a reviewer of peer-reviewed journals in the area of biofuel and bioproducts, pulp and biorefinery, biomass conversion, bioprocessing technology, and enzyme and microbial technology.

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A Comparison of Learning between Experiments Using Virtual Reality and Hands On Experiments – Whatis Real Enough?Charles Nippert and Byung Hwan UmAbstractThe purpose of this study is to determine if engineering students performing a simulation of anexperiment using Virtual Reality learn concepts as well as a group of students who perform theactual hands on experiment. The results have obvious implications for the delivery ofengineering education, especially considering the method of delivery chosen: Java ™ appletsdelivered over the Internet using standard web browsers available on most computers.Students were broken into two groups: a control group perform the actual hands-onexperiment and a test group which perform the simulation using Java. It was experimentstudents were given a brief test and these results were compared.

Nippert, C., & Um, B. (2011, June), A Comparison of Learning between Experiments Using Virtual Reality and Hands-On Experiments: What is Real Enough? Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17309

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