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An Interactive Web Native Textbook for Material and Energy Balances

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Virtual and Web Learning in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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Matthew W Liberatore University of Toledo Orcid 16x16

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Matthew W. Liberatore is as an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Toledo. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. His current research involves the rheology of complex fluids as well as active and self-directed learning.

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Textbooks are experiencing a 21st century makeover. The utility of the textbook has diminished for the digital natives populating higher education today. The concept behind the Material and Energy Balances (MEB) zyBook® is to have students interact with the electronic book. While textbooks focus on the lowest levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, namely remembering and understanding, engineers need the higher levels skills of applying and analyzing to earn an accredited undergraduate degree. The animations and question sets in the interactive, online format provide an excellent delivery of engineering course material. The zyBook format has been successful in other engineering disciplines and now has been translated to chemical engineering content. Data on the students’ usage during the Spring 2016 semester as well as survey responses related to the new textbook format will be included in the talk.

Liberatore, M. W. (2016, June), An Interactive Web Native Textbook for Material and Energy Balances Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26221

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