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Student-Led Development of Engineering Estimate Problems Based on YouTube Videos

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Chemical Engineering in Silico

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Chemical Engineering

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22.1344.1 - 22.1344.9



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Matthew W Liberatore Colorado School of Mines Orcid 16x16

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Matthew W. Liberatore is as an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. In addition to creating and applying active learning in his courses, his current research involves the rheology of complex fluids especially traditional and renewable energy fluids, entangled polymer solutions and polymer films.

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Charles Russell Vestal Colorado School of Mines

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Dr. Vestal is retired from 32 years of work in the oil industry and has returned to his roots at Colorado School of Mines as a Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department.

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Student led development of engineering estimate problems based on YouTube videosAbstractYouTube Fridays devotes a small fraction of class time to student-selected videos related to thecourse topic. The students then write and solve a homework-like problem based on the events inthe video. Three recent pilots involving over 300 students have developed a database of videosand questions that reinforce important course concepts like energy balances and phase behavior.A set of example problems and videos will be presented from a sophomore level engineeringthermodynamics course and a sophomore level material and energy balances course. Studentevaluations found a vast majority (79%) of the students felt better at relating real worldphenomena to thermodynamics from participating in YouTube Fridays. Overall, YouTubeFridays is a student led activity that provides practice of problem solving on open-ended, courserelated questions.

Liberatore, M. W., & Vestal, C. R. (2011, June), Student-Led Development of Engineering Estimate Problems Based on YouTube Videos Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18367

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