Webquest: Biofuels as Renewable Energy Resources

By Angeles Cancela, Rocio Maceiras, Angel Sanchez and Santiago Urrejola.

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Nowadays, the learning process at Universities is being promoted with the use of information and communication technologies. The New Higher Education System implies the adoption of different education systems than the traditional ones based on cooperative learning, active learning and multimedia resources. One of the learning techniques is the webquest. The authors of this paper have designed a webquest for its use at the University of Vigo with fifth-year engineering students. In order to carry out the activity, the students will be assigned to four groups. Two groups will research about biodiesel and the other two groups about bioethanol. Different task will be assigned to each group. The students’ work will be evaluated using auto-evaluation, peer evaluation and teacher assessment, using a rubric defined by the teacher. The webquest will be used in “Alternative Fuels” subject in the biofuels topic with the aim to improve the retention, assimilation, and understanding of students.

Keywords: Webquest, Higher Education, Active Learning, Engineering; Biofuels

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.529-536. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.178KB).

Angeles Cancela

Teacher, Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Angeles Cancela Carral is teacher assistant of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Vigo, teaching Chemical Engineering at the Industrial Engineering Faculty. Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Santiago de Compostela, 1997). Her principal research area are Renewable Energies, CO2 capture, Rheology and Innovation in Education.

Rocio Maceiras

Teacher, Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Rocio Maceiras Castro is teacher assistant of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Vigo, teaching Chemical Engineering at the Industrial Engineering Faculty. Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (University of Vigo, 2001). Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Vigo, 2006), Postdoctoral studies at Transport Phenomena Research Center, Faculdade de Engenharia, University of Porto. Her principal research area are Renewable Energies, CO2 capture, Rheology and Innovation in Education.

Angel Sanchez

Teacher, Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Angel Sanchez Bermudez is teacher assistant of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Vigo, teaching Chemical Engineering at the Industrial Engineering Faculty. Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Vigo, 1987). His principal research area are the hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, chemical engineering process simulation and Innovation in Education.

Santiago Urrejola

Teacher, Defense University Center at the Naval Academy, Marin, Spain

Santiago Urrejola Madriñan is teacher of Defense University Center at the Naval Academy. Ph.D. on Chemical Engineering (University of Vigo, 1999). His principal research area are the hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, chemical engineering process simulation and Innovation in Education.

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