Web-based education in bioprocess engineering

O.D.T. Sessink, H. van der Schaaf, H.H. Beeftink, R. Hartog, J. Tramper

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The combination of web technology, knowledge of bioprocess engineering, and theories on learning and instruction might yield innovative learning material for bioprocess engineering. In this article, an overview of the characteristics of web-based learning material is given, as well as guidelines for the design of learning material from theories of learning and instruction and from the bioprocess engineering domain. A diverse body of learning material is presented, which illustrates the application of these guidelines; this material has been developed during the past six years for different courses, mostly at undergraduate level, and it illustrates how web-based learning material can enable various different approaches to learning objectives that might improve overall learning. Such learning material has been used for several years in education, it has been evaluated with positive results, and is now part of the regular learning material for bioprocess engineering at Wageningen University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-23
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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    Sessink, O. D. T., van der Schaaf, H., Beeftink, H. H., Hartog, R., & Tramper, J. (2007). Web-based education in bioprocess engineering. Trends in Biotechnology, 25(1), 16-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2006.11.001