These unique tutorials can be used for self-study: one of their key features is that they are self-instructional problem workbooks. They meet the challenge of effective instruction for students from diverse backgrounds using an approach that lies between programmed instruction and the conventional textbook.
The Theodore Tutorials have been used extensively in regulatory and industrial training, and have been used successfully as a technology tool at graduate and undergraduate levels for chemical and environmental engineering courses. Part of this success arises from the fact that Theodore Tutorials mandate active, rather than passive, involvement by the reader, thus making them ideally suited to both professional and academic training.
All Theodore Tutorials follow the same three-part format: Basic Operations, Problems and Solutions. The first part of each tutorial provides the basic operations required to solve most engineering problems. Each basic operation refers to a particular calculation from, for example, chemistry, physics or thermodynamics, and contains a title, problem statement, pertinent data, and solution in a programmed-instructional format. The problem section deals with individual calculations associated with the tutorial topic, and is designed to develop the reader's technical understanding of the subject. Each of the various problems contains a title, introduction, problem statement and data, solution outlined in programmed-instructional format, and a concluding statement. The reader is presented with various options for solving each problem. The third part of the tutorial contains solutions, which provide detailed answers to all the problems in the workbook.