Asee peer logo

Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 2

Download Paper |

Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

23.298.1 - 23.298.8

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/19312

Download Count

45

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Milo Koretsky Oregon State University

visit author page

Dr. 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. Dr. Koretsky is a six-time Intel faculty fellow and has won awards for his work in engineering education at the university and national levels.

visit author page

author page

John L. Falconer University of Colorado Boulder

biography

David L. Silverstein University of Kentucky

visit author page

Dr. David L. Silverstein is the PJC Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky and director of the College of Engineering's Extended Campus Programs in Paducah, Kentucky where he has taught for thirteen years. His Ph.D. and M.S. studies in Chemical Engineering were completed at Vanderbilt University, and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering was completed at the University of Alabama. Dr. 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 two-time recipient of the Corcoran award for best article in the journal Chemical Engineering Education, and the recipient of the Martin award for best paper in the Chemical Engineering Division at the ASEE Annual Meeting.

visit author page

author page

Ronald L. Miller Colorado School of Mines

biography

Debra Gilbuena Oregon State University

visit author page

Debra Gilbuena is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. She currently has research focused on student learning in virtual laboratories. Debra has an M.BA, an M.S., and four years of industrial experience including a position in sensor development, an area in which she holds a patent. Her dissertation is focused on the characterization and analysis of feedback in engineering education. She also has interests in the diffusion of effective educational interventions and practices.

visit author page

biography

Bill Jay Brooks Oregon State University

visit author page

Bill Brooks is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University. As an undergraduate, he studied hardware engineering, software engineering, and chemical engineering. Brooks has been involved in the development of several educational software tools including the Virtual BioReactor, the Web-based Interactive Science and Engineering (WISE) Learning Tool, and the AIChE Concept Warehouse. His dissertation is focused on technology-mediated, active learning techniques and the mechanisms through which they impact student performance.

visit author page

author page

Christina Smith Oregon State University

Download Paper |

Abstract

Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 2We report on the activity of the second year of this NSF project. The goal is to create acommunity of learning within the discipline of chemical engineering (ChE) focused on concept-based instruction. We have been developing and promoting the use of a cyber-enabledinfrastructure for conceptual questions, the AIChE Concept Warehouse, which can usedthroughout the core ChE curriculum (Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics,Transport Phenomena, Kinetics and Reactor Design, and Materials Science). Conceptualquestions, both as Concept Inventories and ConcepTests, are available through this interactivewebsite maintained through the Education Division of the American Institute of ChemicalEngineers (AIChE), the discipline’s major professional society. The overall objective is to lowerthe activation barrier for using conceptual instruction and assessment so that many morechemical engineering faculty will incorporate concept-based learning into their classes.This poster will present the current progress of the interactive AIChE Concept Warehousesoftware, which underwent beta testing starting in fall 2011 through spring 2012 and wasreleased for widespread use in the summer of 2012. The innovative software application allowsfor interactive electronic use, as well as the generation of PowerPoint and Word formats, sothat conceptual learning and evaluation can be incorporated into instruction in various formsincluding the following options: in-class ConcepTests with student response (clickers, laptops,cell phones), concept inventories to evaluate student learning (or student preparation for acourse), exams and homework problems. A key element to this approach is to provide a contextfor conceptual learning that reflects the richly interconnected and interrelated knowledgestructures of experts. The pedagogy includes cross development and testing between items on aConcept Inventory and in ConcepTests.Usage results of the AIChE Concept Warehouse by the early adopters will be presented.Additionally, activities intended to build community, including the 2012 ASEE ChemicalEngineering Division Summer School, past and planned webinars, conference special sessions,newsletters, and workshops will be described.

Koretsky, M., & Falconer, J. L., & Silverstein, D. L., & Miller, R. L., & Gilbuena, D., & Brooks, B. J., & Smith, C. (2013, June), Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 2 Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19312

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2013 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015