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Development of Innovative, Adaptable Video Learning Modules for the Civil Engineering Classroom

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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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Sarah K. Bauer Rowan University

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Dr. Sarah Bauer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. Dr. Bauer holds a doctorate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Her primary research interests are: water and wastewater treatment, renewable energy technologies, and pollution prevention. Her work focuses on developing techniques for the production of clean energy and water. She has also worked on a variety of projects to enhance engineering education. Her most recent project included introducing the humanities into environmental engineering education through a National Endowment for the Humanities project. Dr. Bauer is an active member of ASEE and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for Rowan University’s Student Chapter of SWE.

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Cheng Zhu Rowan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Cheng Zhu is an assistant professor of civil engineering at Rowan University. His research primarily concerns multi-scale geomaterial behavior under coupled processes across various time scales, with emphasis placed on microstructure characterization, constitutive model formulation, and computational geomechanics, for applications in geological storage and energy geotechnics. Prior to joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan, he worked in the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. At Rowan, he teaches courses in geotechnical engineering and geomechanics. He is a recipient of James S. Lai Outstanding Graduate Award from the geosystems group at Georgia Tech.

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Gilson R. Lomboy Rowan University

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Mohammad Jalayer

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As engineering and technology continue to evolve, so should the use of such innovations in engineering pedagogy. Standard course learning modules have not often utilized technology to assist in learning of engineering principles and concepts; that is, until the COVID-19 pandemic required teachers and students to use technology more frequently in a virtual teaching/learning environment. Therefore, it is even more critical now that engineering pedagogy be adapted to incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance student learning of complex engineering concepts. In this study, a team of Civil Engineering professors has set out to incorporate technology into their classrooms to help students gain a stronger understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Civil Engineering. A series of comprehensive educational video and simulation-based learning modules were created for the Civil Engineering subdisciplines of environmental, geotechnical, transportation, and structural engineering. The development and implementation of such technology-based learning modules offer new opportunities to teach students the complex concepts of Civil Engineering through visual means. The efficacy of the learning modules were evaluated through student assessment surveys for: (1) the appropriateness of the module in aiding the introduction of course content, (2) the effectiveness of the module in enhancing student understanding of course content, and (3) the overall perception of students of the module. Implementation of the modules into the classroom has shown that students responded positively to the modules, referencing the modules as both engaging and comprehensive in aiding their understanding of course content.

Bauer, S. K., & Zhu, C., & Lomboy, G. R., & Jalayer, M. (2021, July), Development of Innovative, Adaptable Video Learning Modules for the Civil Engineering Classroom Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36971

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