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Comparison of Different Pedagogical Techniques to Teach Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovations in Teaching Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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25.333.1 - 25.333.17



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Yusuf A. Mehta Rowan University

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Leslie Ann McCarthy P.E. Villanova University

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Comparison of Different Pedagogical Techniques to Teach Mechanistic- Empirical Pavement Design GuideABSTRACTMechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) is relatively new software forconducting pavement structural and materials design. The new design software is a significantdeparture from the current Association of American Society of Highway Transportation Officials(AASHTO) empirical design. The required inputs are not only ten times more numerous thanthat of the empirical design guide, but also much more complex. In addition, the MEPDG is stillin its beta version which requires internet access to use the software. MEPDG has become aAASHTO-approved design; therefore it is critical that the next generation of civil engineers havea conceptual and practical understanding of how the MEPDG works and some hands-onexperience with the software. Faculty members from Rowan and Villanova University taughtMEPDG in their respective courses. However, at Rowan University the Pavement Design course(of 15 students) was a senior elective and at Villanova University it was a required senior designcourse (of 47 students). The purpose of the paper is to compare the pedagogical techniques ofteaching the MEDPG and presenting the challenges and successes of each of the techniques. Thepaper presents the course outline with a week-by-week breakdown of activities, typical handoutsfor each, and typical exam questions. In addition, the learning outcomes and student evaluationsand feedback are also presented in the paper.

Mehta, Y. A., & McCarthy, L. A. (2012, June), Comparison of Different Pedagogical Techniques to Teach Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21091

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