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Experiences in Process Control Web-based Learning
Paul Chernik, Joshua Lambden, Glen Hay, William Svrcek and Brent Young
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, CANADA
As more and more students gain access to computers, the idea of implementing Internet-based chemical engineering courses becomes more of a reality. With web-based learning comes new opportunities and challenges for both faculty and students. In courses where hands-on learning directly facilitated by an instructor is not required, web-based classes offer students the flexibility to complete coursework while still maintaining full-time employment, or when schedule conflicts between classes occur. The independent learning style challenges students to gain a greater understanding of the course material, as interactions between classmates can be limited. A student gains the ability to complete the course at their own pace, which allows the student to blend the needs of the web-based course with other courses or activities.
The key to web-based learning is communication. The ease of communication between the professors and the students, the ability of students to communicate with each other and the ability of the students to easily find and access the information they require are all vital to a successful web-based learning experience. Successful communication in a web-based course is dependent on the web site interface chosen and on the willingness of both the professors and students to utilize the tools of the web site.
This paper explores these issues from the perspectives of two students who have completed the University of Calgary “Process Dynamics and Control” course via the Internet, and the instructors involved with the course. By investigating the benefits and challenges to web-based learning and offering possible solutions to these challenges, it is shown that web-based learning can become an integral part of any Chemical Engineering program.
Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Chernik, P., & Lambden, J., & Young, B., & Svrcek, B. (2003, June), Experiences In Process Control Web Based Learning Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12660
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