ASTutE Computer-Aided Material Balancing Teaching
The ASTutE (Automated Student Tutorial Environment) project has created a computer-based tutorial resource for use in subjects with a substantial mathematical content. ASTutE uses a variety of interactive information displays and question types to break complex problems down into stages and guide students to the solution. This paper describes ASTutE being used for the first time in the Chemical Engineering Department at Loughborough University to teach first-year students material balancing. This new approach proved highly satisfactory for staff and students and has great potential for enhancing student learning.