July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies
Experiments form the backbone of much of engineering education, but because it is not always possible to do them in person, simulations can provide a powerful alternative to assist student learning. We present data from two versions of two chemical engineering courses where in-person labs pivoted to virtual simulated experiments. In the first-year introduction to chemical engineering course we designed a simulation for students to design and then test a bench-scale prototype of a remediation column for acid mine drainage. In the junior-level chemical engineering laboratory—students typically carry out a bomb calorimetry experiment of sucrose and then analyze their data. We created a simulation based on a combination of thermodynamic models and previous years' data. We found that opportunities for learning came out of the amount of agency and the consequential decisions each experiment allowed the students to make. Based on student engagement and learning, we propose guidelines for integrating simulations as prelab activities.
Wilson-Fetrow, M., & Svihla, V., & Raihanian Mashhadi, A., & Mallette, T. L., & Shreve, A. P. (2021, July), Participation and Learning in Labs Before and During a Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37564
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