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Towards new educational paradigms

We have developed over the past twenty five years a new way of teaching thermodynamics applied to energy conversion now used in more than one hundred and twenty higher education institutions, at both undergraduate and graduate levels (engineering schools, universities) as well as in vocational training.

The change in the education paradigm we have introduced is based on a shift of knowledge acquired by students.

The writing of equations describing changes undergone by fluids is drastically reduced, the calculations being performed by a simulator such as Thermoptim (www.thermoptim.org) without learners needing to know the details. They devote most of the time on the one hand learning technologies, and secondly reflecting on the architecture of both conventional and innovative thermodynamic cycles, graphically building and setting models of various energy technologies.

The new teaching method has the distinction of being at the same time much simpler than conventional approaches for the introduction to the discipline, and much more useful  for confirmed students who can go further in their studies thanks to a powerful and open modeling environment.

They can work on real-world complex innovative cycles currently being studied in laboratories and companies.

Similarly, new educational paradigms based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applied to education will become more and more required in scientific and engineering education.

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