San Antonio, Texas
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Work in Progress: Development of the AIChE Concept WarehouseThe AIChE Concept Warehouse was initiated with the goal of creating a community of learningwithin the discipline of chemical engineering (ChE) focused on concept-based instruction. Wehave been developing and promoting the use of a cyber-enabled infrastructure for conceptualquestions, the AIChE Concept Warehouse, which can used throughout the core ChE curriculum(Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, Kinetics and ReactorDesign, and Materials Science). Conceptual questions, both as Concept Inventories andConcepTests, are available through an interactive website maintained through the EducationDivision of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the discipline’s majorprofessional society. The overall objective is to lower the activation barrier for using conceptualinstruction and assessment so that many more chemical engineering faculty incorporate concept-based learning into their classes.The innovative software application allows interactive electronic use, as well as PowerPoint,Word, and pdf formats to be automatically generated so that conceptual learning and evaluationcan be incorporated into instruction in various forms: in-class ConcepTests with student response(clickers, laptops, cell phones), concept inventories to evaluate student learning (or studentpreparation for a course), exam and homework problems. A key element to this approach is toprovide a context for conceptual learning that reflects the richly interconnected and interrelatedknowledge structures of experts. The pedagogy includes cross development and testing betweenitems on a Concept Inventory and in ConcepTests.In this paper we report on the initial development, promotion, limited deployment, and futureplans for the AIChE Concept Warehouse. Activities intended to build community, includingconference special sessions and workshops will be described. Data collected includes websiteand database statistics, pre- and post-use semi-structured interviews with beta testers as well asdevelopment documentation. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed in order to identifycommon likes and dislikes with the conceptual resources and user interface for the AIChEConcept Warehouse. Interviews were also analyzed to identify common issues with theimplementation process both from a software perspective as well as a curricular adoptionperspective. Results from interviews are being used to iterate on the tool development andimprove the overall design.
Brooks, B. J., & Gilbuena, D., & Falconer, J. L., & Silverstein, D. L., & Miller, R. L., & Koretsky, M. (2012, June), Preliminary Development of the AIChE Concept Warehouse Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21811
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