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Incorporating Sustainability into Engineering Education Using e-Learning

Version 1 : Received: 17 February 2018 / Approved: 17 February 2018 / Online: 17 February 2018 (13:23:39 CET)

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Sanganyado, E.; Nkomo, S. Incorporating Sustainability into Engineering and Chemical Education Using E-Learning. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 39. Sanganyado, E.; Nkomo, S. Incorporating Sustainability into Engineering and Chemical Education Using E-Learning. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 39.

Journal reference: Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 39
DOI: 10.3390/educsci8020039

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop e-learning activities that integrated sustainability concepts and practices in process engineering education. Two blended courses were developed with two activities evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively to measure student engagement, quality of responses, and incorporation of sustainability in their arguments. Social network analysis and lexical analysis were used to assess students’ participation in discussions and peer reviews. In the online discussion, 97 comments were made averaging 120 words per comment. The participants averaged 3.88 comments, with the majority of comments exhibiting simple and complex argumentation, a deep reflection, and widespread use of terms associated with sustainability such as recycling, pollution, waste, and environment. Furthermore, evaluation of peer reviews revealed that the participants demonstrated they could identify errors and positives in an argument. Therefore, this study demonstrated that e-learning, particularly peer review and online discussion could help chemistry and engineering students understand sustainability.

Subject Areas

sustainability; Green Engineering; curriculum development; chemical education; engineering education

Readers' Comments and Ratings (2)

Comment 1
Received: 21 February 2018
Commenter: Jude Juventus Aweya
The commenter has declared there is no conflict of interests.
Comment: Blended learning, although new to most developing countries, especially those in Africa, I think it is one of the best ways of incorporating sustainability into education. While this study focused on engineering education, I think sustainability concepts and practices cuts across all spheres of life. A good study and nice piece.
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Received: 6 September 2018
Commenter: allisonlucas
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Comment: You learn techniques to apply along these lines of reasoning, however the fundamentals remain with all of you your life and help you in numerous troublesome circumstances marketing assignments I picked my school and personnel myself. An Industrial Engineer can work both underway and administration divisions, so it has a more extensive degree.
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