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A Web Site To Support Active Learning In Process Control

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Control in the Classroom

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7.130.1 - 7.130.17



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W. San Yip

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Michael Hough

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Eric Wood

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Thomas Marlin

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Session Number: 3513


Michael Hough, Eric Wood, W. San Yip, and Thomas Marlin Department of Chemical Engineering McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4L7 (


In this paper, a novel WEB site is described that provides interactive learning for undergraduate process control education. The site engages the students through three modes that enable students to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace. First, the Interactive Learning Modules provide questions that follow the topic sequence in a standard course. The questions begin with simple, yet essential, terminology and definitions; then, they progress to engineering applications. Students can request hints for many questions, and they receive feedback for correct and incorrect answers. Second, more complex issues are addressed in Tutorial questions and answers. Third, Instrumentation Notes provide resources for problem-based learning exercises. The paper discusses how this material can be integrated into a course on process control. Those interested can visit the site,, which is open for all instructors and students.

1. Introduction

The power of digital computation has had a major, positive influence on engineering education. The most important application of digital computers continues to be facilitating time-consuming computations, enabling students to concentrate on principles. The use of simulation is particularly effective in process control education because of the complex behaviors of closed-loop systems. This need has been filled by several packages designed for education 1,2,3.

Recently, new opportunities for applying computers have become available because of the WWW. Perhaps the most common use of the WEB is for managing course materials; i.e., posting course outlines, announcements, assignments and solutions. In addition, some courses require students to perform quizzes and submit assignments via

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Yip, W. S., & Hough, M., & Wood, E., & Marlin, T. (2002, June), A Web Site To Support Active Learning In Process Control Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10050

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