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Attitudes Toward and Usage of Animations in an Interactive Textbook for Material and Energy Balances

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Chemical Engineering Pedagogy

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Chemical Engineering

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Sidney Jay Stone III P.E. The University of Toledo Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Stone has been working in industry since graduating with BSc in Chemical Engineering. His career has covered the spectrum from detailed engineering design to project management in power generation and petroleum refining and the journey has been interesting and satisfying. During this career he has had several rewarding opportunities to teach and mentor engineering Co-Op students and newly hired engineers which has been a rewarding experience. He is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with the objective of sharing and teaching his work experience and provide practical applications for students in a Junior College or undergraduate curriculum to build their knowledge and prepare them for employment industry.

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Matthew W. Liberatore The University of Toledo Orcid 16x16

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Matthew W. Liberatore is a Professor of Chemical 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 learning, reverse engineering online videos, and interactive textbooks. His website is:

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Attitudes Toward and Usage of Animations in an Interactive Textbook for Material and Energy Balances Abstract The concept of active learning or “learning by doing” is applied to animations within an interactive textbook in this contribution. A Material and Energy Balance (MEB) course for undergraduate chemical engineering students has generated large data sets by using an interactive textbook from zyBooks. MEB is a foundational course that includes new terminology, the basic principles of mass and energy conservation, and tools for problem solving. Here, outside of class engagement is measured using student views of multi-step animations that introduce MEB concepts in small chunks. Students usage of the interactive textbook have been logged for several years and reading participation was measured as high as 99% by median. Within the reading participation data are the clicks to start, complete, and re-watch over 100 animations across the book, which has not been explored in detail. This paper addresses research questions specifically related to animations. First, do students complete viewing an interactive animation and what is the rate of re-watch? Next, do certain animations gather re-watch views across several cohorts? Also, what is students’ understanding and attitude about using animations in their engineering education? We will administer pre- and post-surveys to understand students’ interest in chemical engineering as well as animation use.

Stone, S. J., & Liberatore, M. W. (2021, July), Attitudes Toward and Usage of Animations in an Interactive Textbook for Material and Energy Balances Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36728

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