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Cooperative WebLab in chemical engineering between France and Brazil: Validation of the methodology

Alliet-Gaubert, Marion and Le Roux, Galo Carrillo and De Jesus, Charles D. F. and Cruz, Antonio J. G. and Rouzineau, David and Giordano, Roberto C. and Joulia, Xavier and Nascimento, Claudio A. O. Cooperative WebLab in chemical engineering between France and Brazil: Validation of the methodology. (2012) Education for Chemical Engineers, vol. 7 (n° 1). pp. e7-e13. ISSN 1749-7728

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ece.2011.09.001

Abstract

A WebLab is an experiment operated remotely via Internet. Besides the strictly technical aspects of such an experiment, which may contribute to the learning of Chemical Engineering fundamentals, there is also important feedback when teams of students of two different countries are working together: the WebLab becomes an intercultural experience, enhancing the communication skills of the students. A WebLab between Universidade Federal de São Carlos (DEQ/UFSCar) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques (ENSIACET) is presented in this work. A mass transfer experiment in a bench scale reactor (stirred and aerated) had to be studied by mixed teams, thus emulating challenges that will be common in future working environments. In order to perform the experiment, students in Brazil and in France were put into groups. The students had to make decisions about the procedure for executing the experiments. All the students were able to control the equipment, no matter where they were physically. Students communicated using video conference software. The students' and teachers' opinions of this experience were very positive. This methodology is an important contribution to the education of engineers in a world integrated by modern communication technologies.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Education for Chemical Engineers website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/17497728
HAL Id:hal-00878668
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos - UFSCar (BRAZIL)
Other partners > Universidade de São Paulo - USP (BRAZIL)
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Deposited By: Vincent GERBAUD
Deposited On:30 Oct 2013 13:57

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