Enhancing students’ digital skills through a Biotechnology & Bioprocessing module designed for chemical engineers

Alfred Fernandez-Castane*

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The transformation of the chemical engineering profession is occurring in response to the industry needs of the rapidly-developing bioeconomy and biosector across Europe. To meet these requirements, a new Biotechnology and Bioprocessing module has been designed and offered to Chemical Engineering undergraduates at Aston University, UK. This module bridges chemical engineering and biosciences disciplines, providing students with new skills and knowledge to better understand the opportunities available to chemical engineering professionals within the biosector. Here, we evaluate how the use of digital technologies enhances the student’s learning experience using a range of innovative learning activities delivered in a digital environment. The student’s and author’s perceptions are evaluated, and future improvements identified. This module will contribute to preparing graduates for a successful career in the highly competitive landscape of the bioeconomy and biosector. This pedagogical approach prepares graduates for, hybrid and remote study and working patterns and; changing industrial and digital learning demands.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2299201
JournalCogent Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2024

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  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Digital learning
  • Engineering Education
  • Stephen Darwin, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
  • active learner
  • collaborative learning
  • employability skills
  • virtual labs


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