University of Colorado Boulder
Numerous studies have demonstrated that active learning in the classroom instead of traditional lecturing increases student performance and decreases student failure rates. To make it easier for instructors to adopt evidence-based teaching approaches and to provide supplemental materials for students, we have developed teaching/learning resources for most of the core chemical engineering courses. They are available at www.LearnChem.com. The reasons for the resources and how they can be used will be discussed. Examples will be presented of short screencast videos, interactive computer simulations, step-by-step interactive simulations, ConcepTests, self-study modules, and virtual laboratories. Results from research in cognitive psychology on how students learn and how they should study will also be discussed.
John L. Falconer is the Mel and Virginia Clark Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biological Engineering and a President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has published 235 peer-reviewed articles in zeolite membranes and heterogeneous catalysis and received 20 patents. He has directed the effort at the University of Colorado Boulder to create learning resources on www.LearnChemE.com. He has received the AIChE Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education, the ASEE CHED Lifetime Achievement Award, the ASEE Thomas and Donna Edgar CACHE Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Education, the AIChE Himmelblau award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education, and the Chemical Manufacturers Association National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also received the Hazel Barnes Prize, the highest faculty recognition for teaching and research given by the University of Colorado Boulder.