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Title: Lab at home in distance learning: A case study
Authors: Santiago Garcia, Dunia Esther 
Pulido Melián, Elisenda 
Vaswani Reboso, Jenifer 
UNESCO Clasification: 580203 Desarrollo de asignaturas
331108 Equipo de laboratorio
5801 Teoría y métodos educativos
330810 Tecnología de aguas residuales
Keywords: Laboratory instruction
Distance learning
Wastewater treatment
Issue Date: 2022
Journal: Education for Chemical Engineers 
Abstract: Lab work is a basic pillar, especially in engineering and science. It promotes problem solving and discovery and it has proven to enhance student learning. Transversal competences such as autonomy or effective oral and written communication are also enhanced. E-learning is currently increasing and requires a redesign of practical work. Several virtual laboratories can be found to cover different areas. This, however, does not replace the face-to-face laboratories in the field of chemistry, where students need to perform hands-on experiments to acquire the required skills. An alternative is experimentation at home. Most existing references in this regard describe qualitative experiences. In this work we have designed a home practical work in which some fundamental concepts of chemical kinetics and catalysis are developed quantitatively. Students are introduced here to wastewater treatment using an advanced oxidation process; the Fenton reaction. From the results of a preactivity survey, students showed motivation and high expectations with the activity proposal. From a post-activity survey, we concluded that the perception of students towards the activity did not change after completing it. The learning objectives were met both for the students that participated in the take-home experiment and for those who did the experiment in the laboratory.
ISSN: 1749-7728
DOI: 10.1016/j.ece.2022.05.001
Source: Education for Chemical Engineers [ISSN 1749-7728], v. 40, p. 37-44
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