(370c) Comparison of Web-Based and Lecture-Based Training Approaches to Educate High-School Students with Simulink Modeling Skills
On the basis of the feedback from the student, we further extended our previous projects to web-based training modules to attract and train more high-school students. The web-based training idea comes from another ASEE project of ours in which we prepared biology review and virtual experiment/training videos to enhance learning in biochemical engineering courses . In the web-based training modules, two videos were developed to educate students step by step on how to build two ODE models, one for water tank and the other for the continuous flow stirred-tank reactor (CSTR) , in MATLAB Simulink. A video was developed to introduce students the background information and application examples of MFC. Students then constructed the ODE model of a microbial fuel cell, which consists of four differential equations, 9 constrained equations and 25 parameters. The instructor offered Skype meetings to help students in their projects. The developed training modules were also delivered to another group of students using the traditional lecture-based teaching approaches. Anonymous surveys were given to both web-based and lecture-based groups of students. Survey results showed that the web-based approach was effective in educating high-school students with Simulink modeling skills. On the other hand, the lecture-based group of students had slightly better performance than the web-based group.
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