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An Educational Multimedia Package For Integration Of Photobioprocesses And Photobioreactors Into The Biotechnology Education Curriculum

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Life Sciences and ChE

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9.171.1 - 9.171.5

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Abdolmajid Lababpour

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An Educational Multimedia Package for Integration of Photobioprocesses and Photobioreactors into the Biotechnology Education Curriculum

Abdolmajid Lababpour, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan E-mail:

Introduction Biotechnology techniques influence every one’s life in the form of new foods, medicines and many other products that some of which are obtained by Photobioprocesses [1,2,3]. Also, cultivation of microalgae in photobioreactors may be used for biofixation of CO2 in the atmosphere and production of hydrogen as a clean fuel for sustainability in the environment [4,5,6]. The rapidly increasing impacts of biotechnology have stirred the interest of groups of people such as researchers, producers and consumers, environmentalists, economists, politicians, and legislators. Investment, marketing and research, becomes more attractive as there is increased possibility of gaining benefits with the continuing rapid growth of biotechnology all over the world. Parallel to the development of biotechnology related sectors, biotechnology educational programs have started and have grown specifically for inclusion in the science and technology curriculum at the different educational levels. This rapid development suggests that providing biotechnology educational materials by the conventional systems is a very difficult and time-consuming process [7]. Conventional education of biotechnology requires a specific place (classroom and laboratory), specialist/educated teacher, textbooks, and considerable investment for experimental devices. Many of the biotechnological experiments are too costly, too time consuming, too dangerous to be done easily in classroom [7]. They are among the limitations to the development of biotechnology education via conventional models. Computer based instruction software often reduce the instruction time and students’ motivation is increased [7]. Also, It make it possible to showing activities that are too costly, complex, hazardous, or lengthy to conduct in the laboratory [8]. And also decreases limitations including requirement to a classroom, specialist/teacher and laboratory. These benefits may be reason enough to consider using software instruction in biotechnology [8]. The use of multimedia software enables a high volume/quantity of information to be learned by the student. The format enables input from the basic high school student level to the learned expert in the field. Also, the information is easily transmitted at high speed to the most remote locations or can be stored and distributed in cost effective formats. This enables a larger dissemination of valuable information in an easily understood format to a wide network of students, a characteristic very important for developing countries. In this work a Power Point based Educational Multimedia Package (EMP) was prepared for instruction of Photobioprocesses and photobioreactors. This documentary demonstration software was designed to be use as a combined or supplemented media to assist individual instruction.

Instructional design of EMP: The overall goal of the multimedia package is introduction of the photobioprocess and photobioreactors for the student/viewer by way of showing experiments. Photosynthetic microorganisms have vast potentials as a source of valuable food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, pigments, and other fine chemicals. The applications have been expanded to the area of wastewater treatment, hydrogen production, and CO2 fixation. Technical systems for the production of phototrophic microorganisms are termed photobioreactors[9]. The educational materials for teaching Photobioprocesses and photobioreactors are very rare and this package might be use for inclusion into the biotechnology education curriculum. “Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Lababpour, A. (2004, June), An Educational Multimedia Package For Integration Of Photobioprocesses And Photobioreactors Into The Biotechnology Education Curriculum Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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