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Design of Flipped Classroom Model for a Computer-Aided Structural Analysis Design and Experimentation Course

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

Conference Session

Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies Division Technical Session 2

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies

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Rupa Purasinghe California State University, Los Angeles

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Dr. Purasinghe is a Professor of Civil Engineering at California State University at Los Angeles and coordinates Freshman Civil Engineering Design and Capstone Design courses as well as the Computer Aided Structural Analysis/Design and Experimentation Lab.

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Akshay Ghanshyam Patel Pramukh Mono-Strand Structures Pvt. Ltd.

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Akshay Patel, managing director, Pramukh Mono-Strand Structures Pvt. Ltd., was a graduate student in Civil Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. He is pursuing his career as an entrepreneur in the field of Civil Engineering.

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Engineering course redesign with educational pedagogy is gaining widespread acceptance. There is a move from teacher-centered lectures to student-centered active learning strategies that will benefit student learning. It is important that students develop critical thinking and analytical skills that will form the basis of lifelong learning. In this regards many educators have developed project-based learning exercises in engineering and in other courses so that the students will learn by doing. Project-based learning motivates the learners and provides “hands-on” and “minds-on” training. A laboratory-based civil engineering course in Computer Aided Structural Analysis Design and Experimentation is redesigned using Fink’s Taxonomy of significant learning with learning goals and several dimensions from foundational knowledge, application, integration, human dimension, caring and learning how to learn. In this respect, e-Learning plays a critical role in knowledge and skills development as well as course management. Learning Management System Moodle is used as an e-Learning tool for communication with students. The course materials developed include video components of lectures as flipped classes, and electronic clickers to engage students in the classroom, and Moodle LMS as a vehicle for engaging students outside the class through discussion sessions, and accessing course materials such as video lectures.

Purasinghe, R., & Patel, A. G. (2019, June), Design of Flipped Classroom Model for a Computer-Aided Structural Analysis Design and Experimentation Course Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32607

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