Distance learning in chemical engineering : past, present, and future

Fletcher, Ashleigh J. and Haw, Mark and Jorge, Miguel and Moffat, Kenneth; Da Silveira De Moura, Ana Cristina and Reis, Pedro Cunha and Cordeiro, M. Natália D.S., eds. (2020) Distance learning in chemical engineering : past, present, and future. In: Handbook of Research on Determining the Reliability of Online Assessment and Distance Learning. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. ISBN 9781799847700 (In Press)

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Abstract

Online teaching and learning opens up great opportunities, particularly in terms of widening access to education, but also poses important challenges related to delivery, student engagement, adapting contents, and ensuring reliability of assessment. Some of these challenges assume particular relevance in Engineering degrees, due to their strong practical dimension, the connection to industrial practice, and the need for programme accreditation. This chapter focuses on the example of the Chemical Engineering Distance Learning degree at the University of Strathclyde, describing its decade-long transformation from a mainly correspondence-based course to a fully online programme. The main challenges faced by course directors and teaching staff are identified, and the response to those challenges is critically discussed. Finally, a reflection is presented on the future of distance learning programmes in the context of expected developments enabled by online technologies, artificial intelligence and collection of rich datasets on learner engagement and development.

ORCID iDs

Fletcher, Ashleigh J. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3915-8887, Haw, Mark ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3736-1857, Jorge, Miguel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3009-4725 and Moffat, Kenneth ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9974-1495; Da Silveira De Moura, Ana Cristina, Reis, Pedro Cunha and Cordeiro, M. Natália D.S.