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A Team Oriented, Case Based Approach For A Transportation Engineering Course

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002



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Project Based Education in CE

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7.121.1 - 7.121.10

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Shashi Nambisan

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Teamwork and the ability to work with contemporary and emerging technologies that facilitate collaboration are critical to the engineering profession today. Team oriented, case- based methods can be effective tools for learning. The use of well designed collaborative activities can be effective for enhancing student learning. This paper summarizes both the efforts and results in developing a team oriented, case-based approach for a junior level introductory course in Transportation Engineering. The intent of this approach is to support student acquisition of knowledge and a context sensitive use of the skills necessary for success in the profession. The approach used is based on the following beliefs: 1. Realistic learning activities presented as cases promote learning. 2. Collaboration is vital for learning and for success in the profession. The paper includes examples of the strategies used to facilitate learning, instruments used to assess the effectiveness of the approach, and results from the experiences. In summary, some students are reluctant to participate in “team” efforts. They indicate that they enjoy the case- based approach. In general, the team oriented, cased-based approach helps students make the connection from acquiring / processing information to developing knowledge and applying the same.

Nambisan, S. (2002, June), A Team Oriented, Case Based Approach For A Transportation Engineering Course Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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