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Chemical Engineering Fundamentals Better Learning Through Computer Based Delivery

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.123.1 - 4.123.9

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Y-K Lai

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W. S. Chung

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Billy L. Crynes

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Session 2213

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals -- Better Learning Through Computer-Based Delivery

B.L. Crynes, Y-K Lai and W.S. Chung School of Chemical Engineering University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 73019

I. Introduction

Use of information technology unquestionably, when done properly, leads to better learning. The evidence is building to a compelling level (1). Unfortunately, there are still too many “experimental” projects that poorly match learner needs, subject, and technology, resulting in questionable returns in learning/teaching for the time and dollar investment. Then, too, much of the evidence is only anecdotal, lacking statistical data.

The purpose of our project, which began a year and a half ago, is three fold:  develop a different way for our chemical engineering students to learn fundamentals  design an instrument and process to obtain statistical evidence  find a better use of faculty time and effort compared to traditional lecturing methods

The changes of this Chemical Engineering Fundamentals course are only a small part of the major changes in our Engineering College that includes:  all new students owning laptop computers (Fall ‘98)  use of a wireless network for connectivity  conversion of engineering core courses for laptop instruction  formalized training for faculty on use of new information technologies in the classroom  integration of the use of information technology in the schools

Lai, Y., & Chung, W. S., & Crynes, B. L. (1999, June), Chemical Engineering Fundamentals Better Learning Through Computer Based Delivery Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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