June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Anecdotal evidence indicates that current undergraduate engineering students spend numerous hours per week reading popular science-based Internet comics, such as xkcd.com and phdcomics.com, for example. Thus, it makes sense that comics can be leveraged as a learning modality for engineering students. The use of comics in STEM education is not new, however, they have yet to be utilized extensively in higher education to teach engineering. Having taught a senior level mass transport course numerous times, a common challenge for students that persists is applying mathematical concepts to describe binary diffusion. Thus, here we will present the implementation of a project in which teams of students developed comic books with a goal of deriving and explaining the most general form of Fick’s first law of diffusion to an average freshman chemical engineering student. This was piloted in a senior level chemical engineering mass transport course, and is also currently be conducted in an elective transport phenomena course. Initial feedback from students was positive, revealing a desire to be creative and explore complex engineering topics from a unique perspective.
Pascal, J., & Pascal, T. L. (2017, June), Using Student Developed Comics to Promote Learning of Transport Phenomena Concepts Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29088
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