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ERIC Number: EJ1260482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1541-4329
Simulation-Based Enhancement of Learning: The Case of Food Safety
Datta, Ashim K.; Ukidwe, Mayuri S.; Way, David G.
Journal of Food Science Education, v19 n3 p192-211 Jul 2020
Importance of online learning has become more critical with the advent of a global pandemic. Effective online learning requires design characteristics that support learning that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. The example of educational delivery of food safety encompasses multiple disciplines to prepare students for real-world situations, practical problem-solving, and to be "future proof" as food safety becomes more quantitative. This study explicates how six simulation-based learning modules were evaluated, two each in microbiological growth/inactivation, food process dynamics with microbiological growth/inactivation, and risk assessment. Each group of three modules was targeted to the students in undergraduate food science and engineering programs. Altogether, the 6 modules were implemented and assessed in 17 courses at 14 universities over 5 years. The effectiveness of the module-based approach was sustained across subject matter (microbiology, process, and risk), disciplines (food science and engineering), and their implementations. Students' and instructors' survey responses indicated the modules' value in real-world and practical problem-solving ability. Instructors were also motivated to implement the modules as they saw the potential for improvement in student understanding, how modules reinforced course learning outcomes, the quality of support provided with modules, and their ability to replace existing course assessment without adding work for the instructor or the students. This self-learning, module-based approach to introduce interdisciplinary content employed has proven successful. The template for making these modules is described in sufficient detail so future modules can be built for a wide variety of subject matter beyond food safety.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20147000322357