June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.298.1 - 23.298.8
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
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