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Digital Tools in Chemical Engineering Education: the needs and the desires

Udugama, Isuru A; Atkins, Martin; Bayer, Christoph; Carson, James; Dikicioglu, Duygu; Gernaey, Krist V; Glassey, Jarka; ... Young, Brent R; + view all (2023) Digital Tools in Chemical Engineering Education: the needs and the desires. Education for Chemical Engineers 10.1016/j.ece.2023.05.002. (In press).

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Abstract

Educators in chemical engineering have a long and rich history of employing digital tools to solve fundamental engineering problems. Today, with the megatrend of digitalisation, there is a growing set of tools that can be used for chemical engineering education. However, identifying which tool is ideally suited to support teaching a given chemical engineering concept can be challenging. To answer this question a survey was distributed to Heads of Departments at IChemE institutions and members of the IChemE committees focused on digitalisation. The survey respondents rated Microsoft Excel (VBA), commercial simulators, and scripting tools as ideal for teaching core subjects such as mass and energy balances, mass transfer and reaction engineering while respondents found 3D Models, and Virtual/Augmented Reality models as being most suited for teaching subjects such as process design, safety and sustainability. Mathematical/programming simplicity, ease of maintenance, and low initial investment costs were identified as key non-technical aspects that will hinder the adoption of a given digital tool. Weighing the benefits of education and non-technical hurdles, the respondents preferred the use of simpler digitalisation platforms such as Excel and scripting languages over the more advanced platforms such as Virtual/Augmented Reality where possible. It was identified that the widespread adoption of more advanced digitalisation tools will require removal of the above mentioned non-technical barriers as well as other barriers such as tool shareability.

Type: Article
Title: Digital Tools in Chemical Engineering Education: the needs and the desires
DOI: 10.1016/j.ece.2023.05.002
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ece.2023.05.002
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Digitalisation, digital tools in education, non-technical barriers, digital twins
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Biochemical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10169802
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