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Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 1

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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25.322.1 - 25.322.5



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Milo Koretsky Oregon State University

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Milo Koretsky is a professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University. He currently has research activity in areas related to thin film materials processing and engineering education. He is interested in integrating technology into effective educational practices and in promoting the use of higher level cognitive skills in engineering problem solving. Koretsky is a six-time Intel Faculty Fellow and has won awards for his work in engineering education at the university and national levels.

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David L. Silverstein University of Kentucky

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David L. Silverstein is the PJC Engineering Professor of chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is assigned to the College of Engineering's Extended Campus Programs in Paducah, Ky., where he has taught for 12 years. His Ph.D. and M.S. studies in Ch.E. were completed at Vanderbilt University, and his B.S.Ch.E. at the University of Alabama. Silverstein's research interests include conceptual learning tools and training, and he has particular interests in faculty development. He is the recipient of several ASEE awards, including the Fahein award for young faculty teaching and educational scholarship, the Cororan award for best article in the journal Chemical Engineering Education (twice), and the Martin award for best paper in the Ch.E. Division at the ASEE Annual Meeting.

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John L. Falconer University of Colorado, Boulder


Ronald L. Miller Colorado School of Mines

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Ronald L. Miller is professor of chemical engineering and Director of the Center for Engineering Education at the Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught chemical engineering and interdisciplinary courses and conducted engineering education research for the past 25 years. Miller has received three university-wide teaching awards and has held a Jenni teaching fellowship at CSM. He has received grant awards for education research from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education FIPSE program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and he has published widely in engineering education literature. His research interests include measuring and repairing engineering student misconceptions in thermal and transport science.

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Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 1We report on the activity of the first year of this NSF project. The goal is to create a communityof learning within the discipline of chemical engineering (ChE) focused on concept-basedinstruction. We have been developing and promoting the use of a cyber-enabled infrastructurefor conceptual questions, the AIChE Concept Warehouse, which can used throughout the coreChE curriculum (Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena,Kinetics and Reactor Design, and Materials Science). Conceptual questions, both as ConceptInventories and ConcepTests, are available through an interactive website maintained throughthe Education Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), thediscipline’s major professional society. The overall objective is to lower the activation barrier forusing conceptual instruction and assessment so that many more chemical engineering facultyincorporate concept-based learning into their classes.This poster will present the preliminary design of the interactive AIChE Concept Warehousesoftware that is being used for the beta-test. The innovative software application allowsinteractive electronic use, as well as PowerPoint, Word, and pdf formats to be automaticallygenerated so that conceptual learning and evaluation can be incorporated into instruction invarious forms: in-class ConcepTests with student response (clickers, laptops, cell phones),concept inventories to evaluate student learning (or student preparation for a course), exam andhomework problems. A key element to this approach is to provide a context for conceptuallearning that reflects the richly interconnected and interrelated knowledge structures of experts.The pedagogy includes cross development and testing between items on a Concept Inventory andin ConcepTests.Results from the preliminary beta test group will be presented. Additionally, activities intendedto build community, including conference special sessions and workshops will be described.

Koretsky, M., & Silverstein, D. L., & Falconer, J. L., & Miller, R. L. (2012, June), Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 1 Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21080

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