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ERIC Number: EJ1037338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Active Learning and Just-in-Time Teaching in a Material and Energy Balances Course
Liberatore, Matthew W.
Chemical Engineering Education, v47 n3 p154-160 Sum 2013
The delivery of a material and energy balances course is enhanced through a series of in-class and out-of-class exercises. An active learning classroom is achieved, even at class sizes over 150 students, using multiple instructors in a single classroom, problem solving in teams, problems based on YouTube videos, and just-in-time teaching. To avoid rote copying of the solutions manual, a combination of homework types has proven successful. The implementation of Sapling Learning's online homework has allowed self-directed and personalized problem solving. Traditional paper and pencil homework and multiple choice quizzes round out the weekly homework assignments. The quizzes and online homework allow for just-in-time feedback (i.e., classroom exercises that review concepts from homework completed just hours earlier). Course and exam grades as well as surveys assessed the changes to the course. Timing of the first of three exams is critical to provide a fair assessment and minimize the students withdrawing from the course and likely changing majors. Student surveys show a strong preference for multiple types of homework, especially online homework, to maximize students' learning.
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville, FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: CBET-0968042