Online quizzes have been developed to help prepare first year undergraduate Chemical Engineering students for participating in group based assignments carried out in an inquiry-based learning (IBL) format. These online quizzes based within WebCT Vista allow the students to test their understanding of the fundamental chemical process principles required for the assignments before they participate in the IBL activity. Currently, the classes size is about 70 students therefore it is important to develop the students’ ability to carry out independent and self- directed learning to acquire these core skills. Using these online quizzes, the students are able to self-assess their strengths and weaknesses in the core chemical engineering principles and practice so that they come to the IBL group work more prepared.
The effectiveness of the online quizzes has been evaluated, using a triangulation approach incorporating a student questionnaire, student focus group and project leaders’ interview. Preliminary analysis of the results suggests that the students have found the online quizzes beneficial for developing their core skills in chemical process principles. The presentation will provide: a showcase for the online quizzes created; feedback from the first cohort of students to use the resources; and lessons learned and future developments.