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Incorporating Screencasts into Chemical Engineering Courses

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.849.1 - 22.849.6



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Garret Nicodemus University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (2004)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, CO (2009)
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, CO (2009-Present)

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John L. Falconer P.E. University of Colorado, Boulder

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Will Medlin University of Colorado, Boulder

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Incorporating ScreenCasts into Chemical Engineering Courses: If You Make Them, They Will WatchAn online inventory of ScreenCasts covering topics in chemical engineering has been created toprovide innovative resources for students and faculty in chemical engineering education.ScreenCasts are recordings with narration created on Tablet PCs, interactive whiteboards, etc.designed to supplement course lectures. Contrary to video lectures where a professor isvideotaped during class, ScreenCasts are shorter (~10 min) videos that demonstrate methods insolving example problems, provide instructional tutorials on using software in labs or courseassignments, and/or reinforce key topics in more detail than afforded in the classroom. With anincreasing amount of students possessing “information at their fingertips”, ScreenCasts provide atool for students anywhere to access at their own pace and time. Qualitative student feedbacksurveys during and after a course suggest that the majority of students find them “very useful” to“one of the best features of the course”.Our goal is to support faculty in developing ScreenCasts while providing a central location forsharing these resources. At, we have created an inventory of over 150ScreenCasts in six core chemical engineering courses (thermodynamics, kinetics, materials &energy balances, fluids, separations, and heat transfer), and additional videos are being postedevery week. Within 2 months of posting our initial ScreenCasts online, over a thousand visitorsfrom all over the world have watched these ScreenCasts over 2,500 times. We are in the progressof developing a methodology for creating successful ScreenCasts, as determined by student useand effectiveness in improving student understanding. We plan to discuss various methods forcreating ScreenCasts, reasons for and against spending time editing raw video, and how todisseminate them through a number of channels for students to access online. Qualitativesurveys and online usage will also be documented and presented in support of using ScreenCastsin chemical engineering courses.

Nicodemus, G., & Falconer, J. L., & Medlin, W. (2011, June), Incorporating Screencasts into Chemical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18130

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