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A Flipped Classroom Approach to Teaching Transportation Engineering

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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PBL and Flipped Classrooms in Civil Engineering Education

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Civil Engineering

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Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu Iowa State University

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Dr. Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu is a lecturer in the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. Her background is in Curriculum and Instruction, and her research interests include online learning, hybrid learning, and technology integration in higher education.

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Suhan Yao Iowa State University

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Suhan Yao is a graduate student in Curriculum and Instructional Technology master program at Iowa State University. She works as a graduate assistant with Dr. Aliye Karabulut-llgu in the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include online learning, curriculum design, and instructional technology.

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Peter Tarmo Savolainen Iowa State University


Charles T. Jahren P.E. Iowa State University

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Charles T. Jahren is the W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor and the Assistant Chair for Construction Engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He has over six years of industrial experience as a bridge construction project engineer for a construction contractor and as a research engineer for the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme California. His teaching interests include construction equipment, cost estimating and construction process design. His research interests include highway and heavy construction methods, road maintenance methods, innovations in construction process administration, engineering education, hybrid learning and online learning.

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The flipped classroom approach has gained increasing popularity in higher education, particularly in STEM fields. In flipped learning, part or all of direct instruction is delivered through online videos and other media, and the class time is used for engaging students in collaborative, hands-on activities. In order to utilize the benefits of this novel teaching approach, a junior-level, introduction to transportation engineering course was converted into a flipped format. This study, conducted in a major Midwestern university, will present the results of a mixed-method evaluation investigating the effectiveness of the flipped classroom approach. Quantitative data included a pre-course survey, a post-course survey. Qualitative data, on the other hand, included video recordings of in-class sessions and end-of-semester focus group interviews. Analysis of the results indicated students benefited from the flipped classroom approach although it entailed some challenges for both faculty and students. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations are made for engineering education researchers and practitioners.

Karabulut-Ilgu, A., & Yao, S., & Savolainen, P. T., & Jahren, C. T. (2016, June), A Flipped Classroom Approach to Teaching Transportation Engineering Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26317

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