We in ChBE strive to impart the best education possible by employing top educators and addressing different learning styles through varied and innovative teaching techniques.
In an effort to address all learning styles and better assess problem areas, we utilize:
• Screencast videos (over 2 million views!)
• ConcepTests and peer instruction
• Thinking aloud pair problem solving (TAPPS)
• Flipped classrooms
• Interactions with industry
• In-class worksheets
• Recitation sessions
• Discussion boards and online quizzes
Our department places a heavy emphasis on quality of teaching, with many of our faculty being nationally recognized:
Screencasts are digital recordings of the output from a computer monitor, including narration. They can show example problems, present mini-lectures on important topics, explain how to use software packages, and describe ConcepTests in more detail than class time allows. Faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have used Screencasts since 2008 for courses ranging from freshman level general chemistry to graduate level reaction kinetics. They are often similar to material presented in class, but students can go through them at their own pace and time – pausing to work calculations on their own, replaying sections that are difficult to understand, and watching the video weeks later to review material.
Interest in these instructor-narrated video captures has seen dramatic growth: by the end of 2012, the 700 videos had been viewed over 1.25M times. By June of 2013, the 900 videos had been viewed over 2M times.
The objective of engineering education is to prepare students to apply the important concepts in their field to real situations. ConcepTests and Peer Instruction allow students to formulate their own ideas, explain their thoughts to their classmates, and get immediate feedback from the instructor on difficult concepts or misconceptions they have during lecture. This creates dialog that helps students better understand material presented in class.
The Chemical and Biological Engineering has developed a library of thousands of ConcepTests for core chemical engineering courses such as:
Faculty who would like access to our library of materials can sign up on the ConcepTest homepage.