Application of Computational Tools to Support Cooperative Learning in Bioreactor Design Course
Keywords:active learning, cooperative learning, bioreactor, computational tools.
Conventional method of teaching Bioreactor Design course are mostly conducted in a teacher-centred manner. This method is inefficient solution for education as compared to more active learning styles which is proven to be more effective in ensuring students to fully comprehend a particular subject. The work presents the use of various computational tools to support the implementation of coopera-tive learning (CL) methods in Analysis and Design of Bioreactor course. This subject is offered to 3rd year students of Chemical-Bioprocess Engineering pro-gram in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. The CL method was implemented to im-prove student cognitive skills attainment in each of the course learning outcomes. Achievements of student cognitive skills were assessed quantitatively where else effectiveness of the CL method applied were evaluated qualitatively. Results showed that the student performance and attainment of their cognitive skills at thinking level of ‘application’ has improved at least by 30-40%. Reflection analy-sis from students indicated that the proposed student-centred teaching method managed to not only increase students understanding on the subject but also nurtured students creativity and enhances their computational skills.
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