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An Insight into Students’ Feedback on Synchronous Distance Learning During COVID-19 Lockdown

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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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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Capitalizing on COVID: Using This Disruptor to Change the Educational Model

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Civil Engineering

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Amanda Y Bao P.E. Rochester Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Amanda Bao is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology. She got her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006. Dr. Bao started teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and she regularly teaches structural engineering courses. Prior to RIT, she worked as a structural engineer in top engineering firms in Denver, CO, and she is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and New York. Dr. Bao has been actively involved in engineering education research since 2011, including online teaching materials, active learning and intensive collaboration with industry. Dr. Bao developed a teaching website: to post screencasts to supplement traditional lecture-type classes, and she also created hands-on active learning modules to improve teaching and learning effectiveness. In addition to engineering education research, Dr. Bao conduct research in the area of bridge engineering related to bridge resiliency and sustainability and evaluation of aging infrastructure.

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The fast growth of technology and internet in the last decade has built the necessary infrastructure for distance learning, and made the rapid transition to online teaching possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are still a lot of uncertainties about the impact of distance learning on students’ learning effectiveness in engineering education. This paper presents the survey results about distance learning in a Civil Engineering course during the COVID-19 lockdown period and is aimed at understanding students’ challenges and preferences in distance learning. The survey results reflect the students’ perspective on online learning and provide an insight into students’ feedback on the quick online transition due to the campus closure. The students’ challenges in synchronous distance learning are identified and the strategies to improve distance learning effectiveness are proposed according to the survey results. A follow-up study was conducted in the Fall 2020 to address one of the students’ challenges related to teamwork and peer collaboration in a group project. The survey results were analyzed and discussed to provide recommendations to improve students’ learning effectiveness in distance learning during the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as for many years to come.

Bao, A. Y. (2021, July), An Insight into Students’ Feedback on Synchronous Distance Learning During COVID-19 Lockdown Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36672

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