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A Comparison between Mixed-Mode and Face-to-Face Instructional Delivery Approaches for Engineering Analysis: Statics.

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Flipped, Blended, Online, Oh My

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Civil Engineering

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Ricardo Zaurin PE University of Central Florida

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Dr. Zaurin obtained his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from 'Universidad de Oriente' in Venezuela in 1985. In 1990 he earned a MSc in Information Technology. He has been civil engineering professor with teaching experience at his Alma Mater (Universidad de Oriente) from 1986 until 2002. Dr. Zaurin moves to USA and completes another MSc, this time Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Upon completing multidisciplinary PhD on Structural Health Monitoring Using Computer Vision, he joined UCF in 2010 as a Lecturer at the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department. He has published computer vision related research work in prominent journals and still mentors graduate students in this particular area. Dr. Zaurin has been very active in the STEM area as he is one of the selected faculty members for the NSF funded EXCEL and NSF funded COMPASS programs at UCF. Dr. Zaurin received College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2015 and 2019, TIP Award in 2016, and also received 4 Golden Apple Awards for Undergraduate Teaching for a record four years in a row. During Fall 2013 he created IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Display for Engineering Analysis Statics) which is a project based learning activity designed specifically for promoting creativity, team-work, and presentation skills for undergraduate sophomore and junior students, as well as by exposing the students to the fascinating world of scientific/technological research based engineering. IDEAS is becoming the cornerstone event for the sophomore engineering students at UCF: from fall 2013 to fall 2018 approximately 3000 students have created, designed, presented, and defended around 900 projects and papers.

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Sudipta Dey Tirtha University of Central Florida

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Sudipta Dey Tirtha is a doctoral student in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at University of Central Florida. Tirtha started his PhD in August 2018. He completed his Undergrad in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in February 2017. He also worked as a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh. He is working as a graduate research assistant in the Transportation Econometric Modelling Group at UCF and pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Naveen Eluru. His research is focused on the applications of advanced econometric modelling and machine learning approaches in the domains of traffic incident management, road safety and travel behavior.

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Naveen Eluru University of Central Florida Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Naveen Eluru is an Associate Professor in the department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at University of Central Florida. Engineering research interests: Travel demand modeling, statistical data analysis and data mining. Educational research interest: Active learning and project based coursework. Membership/leadership: Transportation Research Board and American Society of Civil Engineers. Faculty advisor: American Society of Highway Engineers.

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For the past years, the majority of engineering colleges and universities have been experiencing a vertiginous growth in the number of student applications and enrollment. Even though this tendency is very encouraging from the point of view of producing more engineers to satisfy the nation’s demand, it also comes with serious drawbacks. Such growing in the student population requires increasing the number and size of the courses, adding parking spaces, and other facilities. Building new physical plant is costly and takes too much time. Some of these issues may be alleviated by offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), however this approach is not feasible for some engineering courses. Another explored alternative are the mixed-mode courses. This approach reduces the face-to-face time and use of physical plant by at least 50%. Traditionally mixed-mode courses use a “flipped” modality, placing the majority of the teaching/learning responsibilities on the students and meeting with the instructor only for practicing problems. This paper presents a mixed-mode approach, develop by the author, for a Statics course. The online portion (~50%), conveyed via Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), contains video lectures, study-sets, self-assessment, hands-on homework, e-homework, proctored quizzes, and exams. The face-to-face component (~50%) includes concepts clarification, pre-class assessments, learning activities, real-life applications, problem solving, group quizzes, and discussions. Quantitative analysis of the results regarding students learning and class success are presented and compared with other purely face-to-face Static courses taught by the same instructor. Students’ perception of instruction and opinions are analyzed and presented as well.

Zaurin, R., & Tirtha, S. D., & Eluru, N. (2020, June), A Comparison between Mixed-Mode and Face-to-Face Instructional Delivery Approaches for Engineering Analysis: Statics. Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--33985

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