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Effectiveness of a large-scale implementation of hybrid labs for experiential learning at Imperial College London

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Title: Effectiveness of a large-scale implementation of hybrid labs for experiential learning at Imperial College London
Authors: Bhute, V
Sengupta, S
Campbell, J
Shah, U
Heng, J
Brechtelsbauer, C
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Experiential learning is an integral component of engineering education. The Chemeng Remote Experience Augmented through TEchnology (CREATE) labs concept was implemented in the academic year 2020–21 in response to COVID19 for first-, second-, and third-year chemical engineering undergraduate students studying at Imperial College London. Using a range of technologies including pan-tilt-zoom cameras and Microsoft HoloLens 2 to provide real-time views of the lab environment from anywhere in the world. Students could control the experiments remotely while graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) operated the equipment based on the students’ instructions. This study is aimed at assessing the effectiveness of this implementation with a focus on student communication and confidence. Students and GTAs were surveyed at the end of labs, and a year-dependent response was observed. The majority of students (>70%) reported experiencing effective communication with team members and GTAs and there was a strong positive correlation between communication and confidence in applying engineering concepts in the labs (χ2 = 79.96; p = 1.69 ×10−10). 5–10% of students from all year groups reported that they disliked the lack of in-person activities. The majority (>90%) of GTAs assisting with experiments stated that they associated their role in the CREATE labs with that of a facilitator. The overall delivery of CREATE labs during academic year 2020–21 was positively received by both students and GTAs with recommendations for in-person activities for first- and second-year students. With minor modifications, CREATE labs has the potential to prepare students for effective remote communication and gain experience in using smart technologies which are key components of Industry 4.0.
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2022
Date of Acceptance: 10-Mar-2022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/96126
DOI: 10.1016/j.ece.2022.03.001
ISSN: 1749-7728
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 58
End Page: 66
Journal / Book Title: Education for Chemical Engineers
Volume: 39
Copyright Statement: © 2022 Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: 09 Engineering
13 Education
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2022-03-14
Appears in Collections:Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

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