November 22nd, 2011
Have a ChemE Test but Want to Give the Books a Rest? Try a Screencast!By Alan Aguirre | 29392Comments (0)Have+a+ChemE+Test+but+Want+to+Give+the+Books+a+Rest%3F+Try+a+Screencast%212011-11-22+13%3A30%3A40Alan+Aguirrehttp%3A%2F%2Fchenected.aiche.org%2F%3Fp%3D29392
The chemical engineering faculty and staff at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder developed Screencasts to give students an effective alternative to simply hitting the books or reviewing classroom notes. Screencasts are short videos (10 minutes or less) of narrations with screen recordings (typically notes handwritten on a tablet). According to the Screencast website, more than 95% of ChemE students find screencasts useful, and students who have used screencasts for their courses scored higher than students using traditional textbooks and notes. A variety of faculty and staff at CU-Boulder, including John Falconer, Will Medlin, Janet deGrazia, and Garret Nicodemus, have help made the program possible using funding from by the National Science Foundation. Begun in 2009, the webpage (www.learncheme.com) went live August 2010 and has already more than 400 screencasts in seven courses in chemical engineering, including thermodynamics, kinetics/reactor design, mass/energy balances, fluids, heat transfer, separations, and engineering calculations. Additionally, an FE review is also available. Screencasts have been watched over 37,000 times, and downloaded over 38,000 times from iTunesU. To date, there is no other webpage that provides open access to this type of chemical engineering content.