FermProc: A Pedagogical Simulation Tool for Fermentations

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Simulators are valuable educational tools enabling students to gain more theoretical knowledge and conceptual understanding [1], [2] due to the manipulation of the models allowing an intuitive learning based on action and offering the student a feeling of control and enhancing explorations. However, it is common that the simulators used in engineering education are conceived for simulating rigorous designs lacking of a thoughtful learning design. Therefore, they are not primarily designed for education and are not well-equipped with tools and frameworks that can enhance the learning process. More specifically, commercial virtual laboratories and/or simulators work as black boxes so their mathematical models are not displayed and it is not possible to recognize the assumptions made [3], [4].
Furthermore, another significant issue faced by the traditional lecture and textbooks system is to find a way of making complex theoretical knowledge more approachable and to crea
learning has to be enjoyable. One way to tackle these objectives is to incorporate game-based elements into learning design [5]. Individual student engagement is one of the challenges of the current education system since, in a majority of cases, the learning was designed without considering the new habits and interests of the students [6]. In this context, the use of games or the introduction of game elements inside a computer-aided pedagogical platform may create a new learning process that corresponds better with the new needs [7].
In this work, an educational computer-aided tool for teaching a specific case study based on a target group of students is developed. This simulator is the result from the application a previously developed methodology in which it integrates the description process as well as the learning design and the introduction of game elements [8].Therefore, the simulator, FermProc, can be further expanded to other processes and learning designs. Finally, it is a brief overview of the current state of FermProc and its learning design is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018
EditorsRobin Clark, Peter Munkebo Hussmann, Hannu-Matti Järvinen, Mike Murphy, Martin Etchells Vigild
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87352-016-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event46th SEFI Annual Conference - Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Sep 201821 Sep 2018
Conference number: 46


Conference46th SEFI Annual Conference
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
CityKgs. Lyngby
Internet address


  • e-Learning
  • Fermentation
  • Gamification

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