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Applying Challenge Based Learning to Teach Mass Transfer

  • Barrera Puigdollers, Cristina
  • Castelló Gómez, María Luisa
  • Seguí Gil, Lucía
  • Heredia Gutiérrez, Ana Belén
  • García Hernández, Jorge
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2022
Universitat Politecnica De Valencia
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[EN] In order to enhance undergraduates' understanding of mass transfer unit operations, Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) was applied in two courses on Transport Phenomena in the Food Industry. The courses are part of Agrifood Engineering Degree program at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV). After the lecturers explained the topic to the fourth-year students, they were given the challenge of preparing and solving cases of mass transport phenomena dealing with solid-liquid extraction and food drying. Students were divided into six groups of three or four students; each group chose a product to work with, and each group designed a flowchart with the main stages of the process based on the information gathered from varied bibliographical sources. The corresponding mathematical models were applied to characterize the flow and estimate the performance and efficiency. After that, students wrote short reports of the main steps followed to complete the task. The reports were presented to a panel of expert lecturers to provide feedback and recommendations. Specifically designed rubrics were employed by the panel to assess the impact of the methodology on students' subject-specific skills in addition to collaborative work, problem solving, time management and oral presentation skills. / This work was supported by the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia with the Grant PIME/20-21/208. / Barrera Puigdollers, C.; Castelló Gómez, ML.; Seguí Gil, L.; Heredia Gutiérrez, AB.; García Hernández, J. (2022). Applying Challenge Based Learning to Teach Mass Transfer. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION. 38(1):171-180. / 171 / 180 / 38 / 1

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