Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Community Engagement Division
This paper explores a course design that uses a software drafting program, Revit, as the foundation for community engagement (CE) projects in a required course for civil engineering students. Over four terms, this course has used seven CE projects with three different partners. Local community partners were found through the university’s Center for Community Engagement who reached out to community partners that typically host placement-based CE in arts and sciences courses to find spatially based problems that students could address.
The course design included several sessions with the students and the community partners, including a preliminary kick-off meeting and a mid-term conceptual design review. After the conceptual design review, students developed several draft drawing sets and calculation documents, which were submitted to the professor as intermediate deliverables. Final drawing sets, calculations, and written explanations of the design were submitted to the professor and the community partner at the end of the quarter. Student teams also presented their work to the community partner. In addition to the final drawings and presentation, students were graded on an individual reflection paper about the design process and given peer evaluations to grade how the team worked together. Because drafting classes (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks) are common among many engineering disciplines, this approach is seen as a model of how CE may be incorporated easily into many engineering programs. In addition to explaining the course design, this paper presents summative reflections from the professor, a community partner, and the Center for Community Engagement coordinator about successes and failures with respect to these projects. These reflections are provided as learning opportunities to help others implement graphics-based CE projects. As a work in progress, this paper only addresses the course design and reflection on implementation and does not focus on student learning or perceptions.
Canney, N. E., & O'Brien, E., & Callahan, T. (2018, June), Engagement in Practice: Using Community Engagement to Teach Drafting Software to Civil Engineering Students Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30377
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