June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
New Engineering Educators
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Application of Active Learning Techniques in Undergraduate Civil Engineering CurriculumAbstractEngineering educators are charged with the responsibility of developing future engineers who areprepared to lead societal change in the built environment. Pervasive challenges facing civilengineers include: sustainability, safety, capital funding, economic benefits, environmentalimpacts, equity and regulation. To best prepare engineering graduates to rise to the occasion ofsuch complex demands requires new approaches in classroom instruction and innovativemethods reflecting active learning concepts advanced through the scholarship of teaching. Thispaper describes how active learning techniques are being implemented in undergraduate civilengineering courses to enhance student instruction and better convey skills needed to serve theengineering profession’s crucially important role in society.Active learning techniques used in undergraduate civil engineering courses, taught at a Tier 1research university and undergraduate teaching institution college, are presented and discussedincluding: group class activities, class examples, clicker quizzes, use of technology, hands-onfield experiences, community service projects, and professional skills development viaparticipation in professional organizations and interaction with practicing engineers and localengineering leaders. Data and results from several semester-long applications of active learningtechniques on student performance and corresponding student perceptions are tabulated andanalyzed to explore informative instructional trends and application insights.
Michalaka, D., & Davis, W. J. (2015, June), Application of Active Learning Techniques in Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23558
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