Here I go with my first post.

I am happy to announce that is very likely that we may work in a new Educational Innovation Project. It  is titled “Flipped learning in chemical engineering laboratory practices”. But, what do we intend to do? Our idea is to change the way traditional chemical engineering laboratory practices are carried out. To change from a professor centered point of view to a student center point of view. You can find more information about this topic on the web (i.e. http://www.theflippedclassroom.es/).

Essentially, it is summarized in Figure 1. We expect we will do that by using new open hardware microcontrollers. Its low cost and huge documentation available make them affordable and easyly used by students, allowing them to desing, start up and carry out their own experiments.

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4 thoughts on “Flipped learning in chemical engineering laboratory practices

      • Amandeep, this is a pretty good smuamry of issues and interesting way to narrate your experiences. You presented a good case to learn basic math and science subjects in your mother tongue, I agree with you to some extent provided the word basic is well qualified. I would qualify basic math as basic numeracy skills and science as just having a very basic understanding of our immediate environment. I think in order to explore these elements teachers need to play a much bigger role, they need to leave their comfort zone and have some out of box thinking, they have to be experimental in nature. Unfortunately most of the teachers in our schools are skill traditional type and wont event step beyond what is inscribed in the book. The teachers need to have a wide exposure and localising the medium of instruction could also result in indirect preference for Punjabi teachers with limited exposure to external world.You provided a very good example of learning tables, unfortunately this is still being taught as a chore in schools and that is not very intuitive way to learn. I am not sure why you have counted this as a positive point in your list ( item 4). I consider this a total waste of time and does not contribute to any skill development what so ever.Similarly why would you classify lack of competition (item 3) as a good thing, don’t we need to prepare the next generations to compete in their world.I would also like to stress that it is ok to have a focus on Punjabi Language but it is equally important to introduce international language like english in order to enable kids to have a wider experience. We need to think beyond our immediate environment or simply put with advent of new technology entire world is with in reach and is rapidly becoming part of our immediate environment. So leraning a foreign language early on should be viewed as an enabler and not as a barrier. It becomes even more important in a resource constrained environment when a lot of instruction material is freely available on the web ( think about Khan Academy, Wikipedia, NatGeo Kids, Mathletics to name a few)

  1. . Just want to clarify soithemng that I did not state very clearly in the article.•Learning tables could be seen as both good and bad. I completely agree that it should not be forced on kids. At the same time I must admit that they do come in handy even in today’s high tech world. Then again, I agree that this does not need to be one of the major good points on my list.•I am only advocating basic science and math Education in mother tongue. There are no good Mathematics and Science books in Punjabi (and most other Indian languages) to keep one engaged for long.•I agree that kids must learn foreign languages as early as possible (especially English). But they should be taught as languages and not as medium of education for other subjects (at least not till 5th grade). In fact I will correct my article some day and add lack of foreign language as a subject in primary schools as one of the short coming.•It is important that kids are not exposed to too much competition in the beginning. Primary school is the best time to teach kids that learning is fun. This is seriously lacking in India Education and Indian society in general. We burden our kids with lots of expectations (I know parents want best for their kids and want them to be someone. After all who in India wants happy but financially unsuccessful kids? So I don’t entirely blame parents for their attitude). To put it mildly I would say that parents and schools should at least prioritize ‘fun in learning’ over fun in winning.Your comments about lack of good, involved and innovative teachers is valid too. I agree with that point. But I have seen very good teachers in Government schools in my time. Agreed, their number was not as high as we need it to be. And they were not incentivized at all for their services. Today they are a rare breed.

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