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Advancing Critical Building Code Education through Modularized Lectures

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Architectural Division Technical Session

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Architectural Engineering

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Ryan L. Solonsky P.E. Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Ryan Solnosky is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park. Dr. Solnosky started at Penn State in July of 2013 and has taught courses for Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Pre-Major Freshman in Engineering. He received his integrated Professional Bachelor of Architectural Engineering/Master of Architectural Engineering (BAE/MAE) degrees in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, in 2009, and his Ph.D. in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA in 2013. Dr. Solnosky is also a licensed Professional Engineer in PA. His research interests include: integrated structural design methodologies and processes; Innovative methods for enhancing engineering education; and high performing wall enclosures. These three areas look towards the next generation of building engineering, including how systems are selected, configured and designed.

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Traditional lecturing of building code related topics are commonly taught ad-hoc in courses, often get misinterpreted by faculty unfamiliar with code details, or left out entirely from courses. To improve dissemination of code knowledge in our department but also be applicable to two other associated departments, a project was undertaken to enhance mechanisms for faculty to better deliver building code knowledge in academic settings. Here, self-contained teaching modules were developed that can be incorporated within existing courses. Our code education enhancements take what has been traditionally perceived as passively learned content with little appeal that minimizes student engagement and immersion, to more active, relatable topics that showcase the importance of the building code related to their careers. This paper examines the critical needs and new mechanisms to convey code information in a meaningful way rather than the idealized representations. Results from pre- and post- surveys, interviews and assignments support the positive feedback and success of the modules. At this stage of module distribution, correlations between student perceptions and actual performance have not been studied yet. The basis of how the modules were structured, including their assessment on their effectiveness are detailed in this paper.

Solonsky, R. L. (2018, June), Advancing Critical Building Code Education through Modularized Lectures Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29758

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