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A Hybrid and Flexible Model for Structural Engineering Courses: Lessons Learnt During the Covid-19 Global Pandemic

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Architectural Engineering

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Diversity

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16

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10.18260/1-2--36587

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Miguel X. Rodriguez-Paz Tecnológico de Monterrey Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9975-9847

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Prof. Rodríguez-Paz got his B.Sc. In Civil Engineering from Tecnologico de Oaxaca in 1993. He studied a M.Sc. In Structural Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey and got his Ph.D. from the University of Wales at Swansea in 2003 where he did research on Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics as a post-doc Research Officer. In August 2004 he joined Tecnologico de Monterrey at its Puebla Campus. He is a full professor of Applied Mechanics since 2009. His research topics include Engineering Education, Structural Dynamics and Applied Mechanics. He has been a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) in the Mexican Council of Science and Technology. He has held several position within the School of Engineering, including Head of School and his current post as head of the department of Sustainable Technologies and Civil Engineering. He enjoys teaching Engineering in a fun way and likes to learn about Flipped Learning and Open Education. Since 2010 he is an Academic/educatational Youtuber.

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Jorge A. Gonzalez-Mendivil Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Master in Sciences with an speciality in Quality Systems and Industrial and Systems Engineer by ITESM in Mexico, twenty years of experience in engineering education, several projects in innovation of engineering education such as the use of 3D virtual ambiences as a way of developing competences.

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Israel Zamora-Hernández Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Israel Zamora-Hernández has a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. He has a M.Sc. in Digital Systems from Tecnologico de Monterrey. He has been a lecturer in the School of Engineering for over 18 years. His work especializes in attracting new students to STEM programs at University level. He has directed several teams in the Admissions Office at Tecnologico de Monterrey.

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J. Asuncion Zarate-Garcia Tecnológico de Monterrey

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J. Asuncion Zarate-Garcia received a B.S and a M. E. in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey and a Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.

He is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Mechatronics Department of the School of Engineering and Sciences of Tecnologico de Monterrey in Puebla, Mexico, where he teaches Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. He also serves as the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department in the School of Engineering and Sciences of Tecnologico de Monterrey in Puebla. His areas of interest are the analysis, design and optimization of thermal systems and the efficient and optimum use of energy in buildings. He has published some articles in the numerical simulation of single phase heated turbulent flow and two-phase turbulent boiling flow.

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Martha Elena Nuñez Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Professor since 2013 at Tecnologico de Monterrey, where currently she is the Dean of the Architecture Department. PhD at Birmingham city University, UK (September 2016 – July 2020). She holds two Master Degrees: Industrial Design and Construction Management and Engineering. Other positions she has occupied at Tec de Monterrey are: National Coordinator of the Architecture, Design and Arts Academies, Academic Director of the Industrial Design Department. Shortlisted at the QS-Stars Reimagine Education Awards, U.S. (2015-2017). She is also a judge for the Reimagine Education Awards (2016 – present). In May 2017 she won the “Inspiring Professor Award” at Tec de Monterrey. She has organized successful Summer Programs in UK, Japan, China and Thailand. She has presented her Research and work at different international forums: ASME, Pittsburgh, U.S. 2018 / The Festival of Teaching at Birmingham City University, 2017 / Hayashi Genjuro Art Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan 2016

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Gibrán Sayeg-Sánchez Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Dr. Gibrán Sayeg-Sánchez is professor – consultant in the Science Department in Tecnologico de Monterrey, Puebla campus. He studied a PhD in Financial Science in EGADE Business School (2016), a MSc in Industrial Engineering in Tecnologico de Monterrey (2011), and a BEng in Industrial and Systems Engineering in Tecnologico de Monterrey (2006). Dr. Sayeg-Sánchez has more than 10 years of experience in teaching statistics, mathematics, and operations research; and more than 12 years of experience in Operational Excellence consulting. His current research interests are focused in educational innovation and educational technologies.

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Abstract

This work presents the latest results on how to successfully apply a hybrid and flexible model for teaching Engineering Courses, particularly Structural Mechanics courses to students from Architecture and Civil Engineering programs during emergency conditions such as those due to the Covid19 Pandemic. During the first term of the year 2020, most universities around the world had to move to an online teaching model. In the case of our university, the first term of 2020 had started on campus on February 7th and it was during mid-March that the decision was made o go fully online, based on nation wide cases of Covid19 being confirmed. Our university was the first university making such a move in Mexico and in order to prepare for the online model, a week was given to all professors and instructors to adapt their courses before going fully online on the third week of March, 2020. In the case of the courses being currently taught by one of the authors of this work, they were already being taught in a hybrid manner, combining asynchronous offline sessions with synchronous sessions in the classroom. This model has been used for the last few years with tremendous success in the performance of the students and their overall satisfaction as it has been shown in [1]. For the pandemic conditions, the synchronous sessions were changed from the classroom on campus to the online classroom with videoconferencing. Some new types of activities were included for online teaching such as video documentaries and also some modifications were made to the standard synchronous sessions, which are also discussed in this work. A total of 135 students have taken the courses that use this model during the spring term, summer term and fall term of 2020. The students come from different cities across Mexico and are located in three different time zones. These students answered a survey that include several aspects of the online experience: problems faced by students when connecting online, type of connections available at their homes, preferred type of sessions, courses that are better suited for online teaching and their personal experience with the course, among others. This paper shows the results of the analysis of the questions answered by the students and some important graphs are included. Some recommendations are also given that future implementations of hybrid and flexible (HyFlex) models can take into account for a better overall experience of both, students and professors. This model can also be applied for the new normality where some toggle terms are expected, that this, some weeks on campus and some weeks with online teaching as new covid19 cases are detected in each region.

Rodriguez-Paz, M. X., & Gonzalez-Mendivil, J. A., & Zamora-Hernández, I., & Zarate-Garcia, J. A., & Nuñez, M. E., & Sayeg-Sánchez, G. (2021, July), A Hybrid and Flexible Model for Structural Engineering Courses: Lessons Learnt During the Covid-19 Global Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36587

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