June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.216.1 - 24.216.18
Assessment of Systems Learning in an Introduction to Infrastructure Engineering Course using Concept MapsAs part of ongoing assessment of student learning in an “Introduction to Infrastructure” course,faculty members at [institution] have developed a concept map instrument. A major goal of theinfrastructure course is to help students understand civil engineering in terms of interconnectedsystems. In fact, the course was originally designed and added to the curriculum in an effort tohelp student think of the civil engineering profession as an integrated whole, rather than asdistinct sub-disciplines that are taught in separate courses. This systems, connected approach toteaching led to a natural way to assess student learning: concept maps.In this paper, we will provide a literature review on the theory and application of concept maps,discuss the development and refinement of the concept map assessment instrument for thisinfrastructure course, and present results and insights from our evaluation efforts using conceptmaps.
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