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Active Learning for Chemical Separations

Kyle Camarda, Fall 2018

Kyle demoed an active learning activity that he uses to teach students a difficult concept in chemical and petroleum engineering. The activity involves coming up with multiple solutions for the same problem and occurs in an afternoon discussion section the same day that students learn the foundations of this concept in lecture (when there are still grey areas and potential areas of confusion).

First, Kyle demonstrates one possible solution to the problem, but explains that while this solution is valid, it is energy intensive and inefficient (in chemical engineering terms). He challenges the students (individually, but allowed to talk to peers) to come up with a different, better solution to the problem. He calls on students to present their solutions to the class.

Then, he shows multiple correct student solutions and has students discuss/debate which they think is best and why.




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