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Analysis of Student Perspectives on Using Tablet PCs in Junior and Senior Level Chemical Engineering Courses

  • Enrique PalouEmail author
  • Zaira Ramírez-Apud
  • Nelly Ramírez-Corona
  • Aurelio López-Malo
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Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

The How People Learn framework was used to redesign one junior-level chemical engineering course entitled Kinetics and Homogeneous Reactor Design (seventh semester) as well as two senior-level courses, Catalysis and Heterogeneous Reactor Design (eighth semester) and Process Dynamics and Control (ninth semester). Our goal was to improve chemical engineering teaching and learning by creating high-quality learning environments that promote an interactive classroom while integrating formative assessments into classroom practices by means of Tablet PCs and associated technologies. In order to examine how students perceived the use of Tablet PCs and associated technologies, we conducted semi-structured interviews with students that had completed the course sequence. The analysis indicated a number of themes that consistently appeared within the interview sessions and were addressed by students from different viewpoints. Five overall themes emerged: student experience in using Tablet PCs, impact on learning, potential of Tablet PCs and associated technologies, formative assessments, as well as advantages and disadvantages of using the Tablet PC in studied classrooms. This paper reports upon the themes identified in the analysis of the results from the semi-structured interviews.

Keywords

Undergraduate Student Formative Assessment Classroom Practice Student Quote Active Learning Support 
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Acknowledgments

We acknowledge financial support from HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP), through the HP Catalyst Grant Initiative for the project “Critical Support Systems to Enhance the Development of 21st Century Expertise in Engineering Students: Using Tablet PCs and Associated Technologies, the Framework for 21st Century Learning, and Guidelines from Research on How People Learn”. Author Ramrez-Apud acknowledges financial support for her PhD studies from the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT) and Universidad de las Americas Puebla.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrique Palou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zaira Ramírez-Apud
    • 2
  • Nelly Ramírez-Corona
    • 1
  • Aurelio López-Malo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Food Engineering, Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology EducationUniversidad de las Americas PueblaSan Andres CholulaMexico
  2. 2.School of BiologyBenemerita Universidad Autonoma de PueblaPueblaMexico

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