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Use Of Online Tools To Improve The Teaching Of Graduate Courses In Chemical Engineering

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Conference

2004 Annual Conference

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

Start Date

June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovative Classroom Techniques

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

9.1356.1 - 9.1356.7

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https://peer.asee.org/13210

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Dana Knox

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Session 3213

Use of Online Tools to Improve the Teaching of Graduate Courses in Chemical Engineering

Dana E. Knox

Otto H. York Department of Chemical Engineering New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ 07102

Abstract

Modern conveniences abound in the world today. This is sometimes not evident in graduate classrooms. While innovative teaching techniques are often discussed in regard to undergraduate courses, they seem to be less frequently seen in graduate courses. This is unfortunate, as these tools may in many cases be of even more value in those courses.

This paper will discuss the use of a variety of online tools in the teaching of the required graduate course in chemical engineering thermodynamics at New Jersey Institute of Technology. The tools include electronic lecture notes, online quizzes, web-based bulletin boards, electronic submission and grading of projects and papers, and online monitoring of course grades by the students. Use of these tools can help students whose learning style may not be well suited to the traditional lecture format. Many of these tools are also helpful in dealing with the diversity of backgrounds found in core graduate courses. Some differences are due to the educational background of the students. Others are due to their cultural background, as most graduate programs typically have many international students. Use of online tools can help to alleviate some of the problems in dealing with this diversity. There are also some pitfalls in using these tools that should be avoided. The paper will address both sides of the issue of using online tools to supplement the teaching of a required graduate course.

Introduction

Engineering graduate students represent a very different population from undergraduates. Classroom techniques and strategies that work well for undergraduates may not necessarily work as well for graduate students. It is widely recognized that the use of novel teaching techniques such as online tools can be very advantageous for undergraduate students. This paper will discuss how advantageous the approach was found to be for a graduate course in chemical engineering thermodynamics at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Knox, D. (2004, June), Use Of Online Tools To Improve The Teaching Of Graduate Courses In Chemical Engineering Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13210

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