Digital Engineering Learning Tools (DELTa) - Lessons from the Pandemic


  • Christopher W. Norfolk Clemson University
  • Timothy Ellis University of South Carolina Upstate



The effect of digital tools (pre-lab videos and 3D models of experimental equipment) on student’s performance of a typical lab assignment was studied quantitatively; for some students, these digital tools replaced physical access to the equipment.  These students also participated in focus groups and gave good suggestions to make the digital tools more effective. 

Author Biographies

Christopher W. Norfolk, Clemson University

Chris Norfolk is the Principal Lecturer in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University.  He primarily focuses on Unit Operations Labs and introductory courses.  His research interests around education include student wellness and engineering stress culture.  He is also a licensed professional engineer, active in the renewable energy sector.

Timothy Ellis, University of South Carolina Upstate

Tim Ellis is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems and is the Director of Process Improvement at University of South Carolina Upstate. Mr. Ellis has multiple years of textile industry experience, a Master of Science from the Institute of Textile Technology, a Bachelor of Textile Engineering from Auburn University, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and a Lean Leadership Instructor Certification. 





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