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An Online Course and Teacher Resource on Residential Building Codes and Above Code Construction Methods Community destruction and loss of life due to residential building code (RBC) violationsstill occur too frequently. Increasing code enforcement is often not possible due to lack of fundsand resources. Teaching RBC to college-level construction students is another way to encouragegreater code compliance and enhance community resilience. In a national curriculum review ofconstruction management, architecture, and civil engineering programs (2-year, 4-year, andgraduate degrees, 950 in total) only seven percent provide courses with RBC related learningoutcomes. A follow-up national survey to construction, architecture and civil engineering facultysuggests the barriers to teach codes are the lack of available resources and low cognitive studentlearning perceived in teaching RBC. In response to these findings an online course wasdeveloped. Students learn how codes will influence their professional careers. They identify thedifference between prescriptive and performance based codes and communicate how codes relateto the performance of a structure. Student learning outcomes are created through multiple activelearning methods. For example, house plans are distributed to students, and in a problem-basedapproach, students “red line” drawings to meet code requirements. In a case-based module,students identify solutions to grey-water systems that do not meet current codes. Course moduleswere developed with an advisory committee including building code officials, architects,construction managers, disaster mitigation experts, and academic faculty. Advisory membersanonymously submitted feedback for each module. Feedback was compiled, discussed andcourse content edited. This review-discuss-edit process was repeated until a final version wasagreed upon with the advisory committee. The course and content is a free resource to collegeeducators. Over thirty modules, house plans and videos of industry professionals are embeddedwithin. Modules can be delivered in a semester long course but can also stand-alone. Graduatestudents at Clemson University will enroll in the course for Spring 2015. Preliminary studentassessments will be discussed in the final draft of the paper and presentation. Course link:canvas.instructure.com/courses/780681.
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