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COVID-19 Outbreak: Insights about Teaching Tasks in a Chemical Engineering Laboratory

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Department of Chemical Engineering and Physical-Chemistry, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Department of Applied Physics, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(9), 226; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10090226
Received: 28 July 2020 / Revised: 26 August 2020 / Accepted: 28 August 2020 / Published: 30 August 2020
Apart from the evident tragedy that the COVID-19 outbreak has meant regarding both personal and economic costs, the normal functioning of the academic year has been drastically altered at all educational levels. Regarding Spain, the state of alert implemented by the government from mid-March to June has affected traditional face-to-face sessions at universities, as they were forbidden and replaced by online lessons. The aim of this work was to explain our own experience during the COVID-19 outbreak in a chemical engineering laboratory at the University of Extremadura, concerning the university teaching and the final degree project follow-up, whose method of teaching was active and participatory, based on constructivism and focused on the student as the center of the learning process. Thus, the confinement affected both the teachers and students differently, depending on the degree of completion of their main tasks and their previous skills with computing and virtual tools, among other factors. The existence of an operating virtual campus and an online library has made the transition to total e-learning and telework easier for teachers and students. View Full-Text
Keywords: graduate education/research; chemical engineering; bioenergetics; biotechnology; student/career counseling graduate education/research; chemical engineering; bioenergetics; biotechnology; student/career counseling
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Nogales-Delgado, S.; Román Suero, S.; Martín, J.M.E. COVID-19 Outbreak: Insights about Teaching Tasks in a Chemical Engineering Laboratory. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 226. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10090226

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Nogales-Delgado S, Román Suero S, Martín JME. COVID-19 Outbreak: Insights about Teaching Tasks in a Chemical Engineering Laboratory. Education Sciences. 2020; 10(9):226. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10090226

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Nogales-Delgado, Sergio; Román Suero, Silvia; Martín, José M.E. 2020. "COVID-19 Outbreak: Insights about Teaching Tasks in a Chemical Engineering Laboratory" Educ. Sci. 10, no. 9: 226. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10090226

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