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Construction Education Delivery Method Changes During COVID-19: Student Perspectives

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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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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 5

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Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He has completed Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with a total of 18 years academic experience at five different universities. He has always been praised by students and department for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. To supplement his teaching and research, he has been involved in numerous professional societies, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Structural BIM Integration, 3) 4D/5D BIM, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Innovative Construction Demolition, and 6) Carbon Footprint Analysis on Roadways.

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Rachel Mosier P.E. Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Rachel Mosier is an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, with a background in structural engineering and project management. Dr. Mosier has received regional and international teaching awards through the Associated Schools of Construction. Research interests include the cost of sustainable construction to owners and engineering education.

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Sandeep Langar The University of Texas at San Antonio Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Sandeep Langar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Science in College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. He is also a licensed architect in India. Dr. Langar has authored multiple publications analyzing the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its impact on the adoption of Innovations towards Sustainability (ITS) among Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) stakeholders. He is also interested in identifying factors that lead towards the adoption of ITS among various stakeholders such as owners, architects, contractors, engineers, and others. Dr. Langar aims to identify means and methods by which the built environment can develop a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem and become resilient to natural hazards.

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The paper examines students’ perspectives that impact the student learning activities’ transition due to COVID-19. The study seeks to determine how face-to-face or in-person teaching to non-traditional or online methods has affected the student, particularly in the construction program. Additionally, as construction courses typically include labs and capstone projects, it is essential to determine how these courses were delivered as the programs transitioned to the online mediums. The research study compares content delivery before and during COVID-19. The survey questions are used to determine the challenges students face in accessing the course management system, familiarizing themselves, and being satisfied with the course management system, and student's satisfaction with the instructors’ delivery of the course content. Online survey instruments were created to circulate among construction students to a) evaluate the student learning experience during COVID-19 and b) identify student adaptation of content delivery during COVID-19. The students’ perspectives are analyzed with the challenges faced by the students. The survey results will be used to assist faculty in identifying construction curriculum requirements based on the student's perceived ability to learn for any future move to online learning, either due to weather or illness.

Keywords: Online Learning Environment (OLE), COVID-19 impact, Course management system, Construction courses.

Adhikari, S., & Mosier, R., & Langar, S. (2021, July), Construction Education Delivery Method Changes During COVID-19: Student Perspectives Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36840

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