COMPUTER SOFTWARE TO AID IN INSTRUCTION OF WINE INDUSTRY STUDENTS
The Maule Wine Industry Network was created to regulate the formal education system in wine-related disciplines and enhance students competencies. Accordingly, the Centro de Aromas of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has developed three software packages to improve the learning outcomes of students. The first package is a virtual tour through several stages of a wine-making cellar, where the students can find relevant information about performance criteria, evidence of competencies and knowledge for each unit of competency as defined by the Network. This visually attractive software contains videos, photos and diagrams to show the process of wine-making and illustrate the key competencies required. A questionnaire, randomly generated from a database, aids the evaluation of students. The second package is an alcoholic fermentation simulator which helps students to understand the influence of key fermentation parameters - such as tank temperature, initial nitrogen and grape soluble solids of the wine must - on the fermentation outcome as wine fermentation profiles, length and product yields. The final software package is a simulator which teaches students the basic operation of a pressure-filter. Students select the appropriate filtering media and follow the correct operating sequence to achieve a successful filtration for a given wine. We expect that these packages will help students to learn and retain the necessary competencies involved in the wine-making processes involved. By means of these software packages, students are faced with real situations, improve the abilities of wine-workers, transfer technology and support the innovation in education.
Fredes, C.A., Pizarro, F., Pérez-Correa, J.R. and Agosin, E. (2009). COMPUTER SOFTWARE TO AID IN INSTRUCTION OF WINE INDUSTRY STUDENTS. Acta Hortic. 832, 81-86
simulation, models, winemaking process, technical education