June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.161.1 - 23.161.25
An Engineering and Educational Technology Team Approach to Introducing New UnsaturatedSoils Mechanics Material into Introductory Undergraduate Geotechnical Engineering Coursesby Savenye, W., Houston, S., Zapata, C., Ornelas, A., Sadauskas, J., Ramirez, E.Arizona State UniversityAbstract:The undergraduate geotechnical engineering introductory course has not been significantlymodified in decades in U.S. universities, and to date, there is no significant coverage ofunsaturated soil mechanics. Meanwhile, 74% of US geotechnical faculty respondents to a recentsurvey indicate that unsaturated soils mechanic should be introduced at the undergraduate level.A student’s depth of understanding of soils as an engineering material would be greatly enhancedvia introduction of geotechnical principles for unsaturated (three phase) conditions, with thesaturated soil case being presented as a subset of the broader theory. Goals for this projectinclude the development, piloting, dissemination, and institutionalization of lecture andlaboratory modules for educating undergraduate students in the basic principles of unsaturatedsoils theory and the application of these principles to problems of movement of structuralfoundation systems. Engineering and educational technology team experiences in developmentof these modules and in implementation at home and partner institutions will be discussed, withan emphasis on updating STEM curriculum in an environment resistant to change.
Ornelas, A., & Sadauskas, J., & Houston, S., & Savenye, W. C., & Ramirez, E., & Zapata, C. E. (2013, June), An Engineering and Educational Technology Team Approach to Introducing New Unsaturated Soils Mechanics Material into Introductory Undergraduate Geotechnical Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19175
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