June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.361.1 - 26.361.8
Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 4We report on the activity of the fourth year of this CCLI Phase 2 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 Warehouse Theinnovative software application allows for interactive electronic use, as well as the generation ofPowerPoint and Word formats, so that conceptual learning and evaluation can be incorporatedinto instruction in various forms including the following options: in-class ConcepTests withstudent response (clickers, laptops, cell phones), concept inventories to evaluate student learning(or student preparation for a course), exams and homework problems. A key element to thisapproach is to provide a context for conceptual learning that reflects the richly interconnectedand interrelated knowledge structures of experts. The pedagogy includes cross development andtesting between items on a Concept Inventory and in ConcepTests.Usage results of the AIChE Concept Warehouse by the early adopters will be presented. Thesoftware was released for widespread use in the summer of 2012. In two years, over 300 facultyfrom over 150 institutions have obtained accounts. We also report on other collaborative NSFprojects are using elements of this tool. Analysis that tracks the diffusion process of thisinnovation will also be presented.
Koretsky, M., & Falconer, J. L., & Silverstein, D. L., & Brooks, B. J., & Friedrichsen, D. M., & Smith, C. (2015, June), Collaborative Research: Integration of Conceptual Learning throughout the Core Chemical Engineering Curriculum – Year 4 Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23700
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