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Innovative Use of Technologies to Teach Chemical Engineering Core Classes and Laboratories During the Covid-19 Pandemic at an HBCU

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Virtual Instruction of Chemical Engineering Courses

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Rupak Dua Hampton University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Rupak Dua graduated with a Ph.D. in 2014 in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials from Florida International University located in Miami, FL. Dr. Dua worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Orthopedic Research and Education housed in Texas Medical Center - the world's largest medical center - located in Houston, TX. Before joining Hampton University in the Department of Chemical Engineering within the School of Engineering & Technology, Dr. Dua worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College, where he taught and supervised undergraduates on clinically translated research projects. He has been an active leader in promoting STEM fields and has chaired several scientific and ethics sessions at national conferences. His current research focuses on improving or finding solutions for the musculoskeletal system disorders that still exist clinically through biomimetics, chemical, and tissue engineering approaches. Dr. Dua's research has been funded by several organizations, including the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Most chemical engineering core classes are best taught when students are exposed to a face-to-face learning/teaching environment. With the arrival of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the whole education system and the setting were disrupted at Hampton University (HU). Traditional in-person face-to-face classes were forced to move to remote instructions to maintain a healthy and safe campus environment and minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. As an instructor teaching core courses and unit operations laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering, it was challenging to move completely virtual and deliver instructions remotely without affecting students' learning outcomes. However, with the appropriate modern technologies and adapting to the students' change and needs, online teaching can be done efficiently and can still have efficient learning outcomes. Various activities were introduced to make the online/virtual class environment engaging in developing technical and professional skills and inducing learning for students. Using the latest educational tools and online resources, formative assessments were conducted throughout the course in an effort to improve student learning and instructor teaching. In addition to that, innovative ways of technology were also used to evaluate student learning and understanding of the material for grading and reporting purposes. Many of the modern educational tools, including Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Ka-hoot, linoit, surveys, polls, and chemical engineering processes’ simulations and videos were in-troduced to make the synchronous sessions interactive. Likert-like surveys conducted were anal-yses to gauge the effectiveness of incorporation of technology during remote learning. This paper describes the innovative use of technologies to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Chemical Engineering Classes. It will also explain the strategies to assess the mode of delivery efficacy and how to change the course of teaching to adapt to the students' changing needs.

Dua, R. (2021, July), Innovative Use of Technologies to Teach Chemical Engineering Core Classes and Laboratories During the Covid-19 Pandemic at an HBCU Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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