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Engaging, Data-based, Visual Approach to Explaining Concrete

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Star Tech: Bringing Data Science and Technologies into the Classroom

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Civil Engineering

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Jinwoo An University of Mount Union

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Dr. Jin Woo An joined the University of Mount Union as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering (Civil Engineering) in 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2015. Dr. An is an experienced and energetic educator and researcher. He believes teaching and research go hand in hand. He worked at a structural engineering company as an assistant engineer to finish a structural and mechanical design of a multipurpose building with 29 floors (Macro-scale). For his dissertation, he conducted a research on the mechanical and structural performance of cement composite materials, which incorporated sustainable materials (Meso-scale). During his postdoctoral career, he deeply explored the effects of Micro- and Nano-materials as additives in cement composite materials (Micro- and Nano-scale).

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Alan M. Hunter University of Central Florida

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I am a student at the University of Central Florida, with educational background in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology, as well as study in Education, Philosophy, History, and Literature.

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Xi Wang P.E. University of Mount Union

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Boo Hyun Nam University of Central Florida

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Yong Je Kim University of Central Florida

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Byoung Hooi Cho University of Central Florida

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Concrete is the most widely used material in the world. The importance of understanding concrete as it pertains to Civil Engineering cannot be emphasized enough. Despite its overwhelming importance, students commonly go only skin-deep into comprehending concrete in the typical undergraduate construction materials class. Traditional course materials tend to be mostly text-based, as opposed to being more image-based. The visual materials available to generation Z (Gen Z) students on the internet, social media, and other common technological platforms make them very comfortable with images and visual learning. Laptops and cell phones are constant sources of distractions, especially if course materials are largely text-based. In order to ensure that a solid understanding of concrete is achieved, course material should be more Gen Z-friendly. Due to advances in image processing and optical technology, instructors can provide visualized and example-based course materials to explain concrete now more than ever before. This study presents a visual, data-based, and engaging approach to teaching concrete. This study introduces visuals of (1) crystals of clinker, (2) hydrates growing around cement, (3) microstructures of hydrates (hydration products), (4) Interfacial Transition Zone (ITZ), (5) supplementary cementing materials (SCM). Based on students’ initial feedback, these visual and engaging course materials should enhance student engagement in the class. It should be noted that this study is meant to be supplementary course material, and not replacement of either textbook materials or other primary teaching methodologies.

An, J., & Hunter, A. M., & Wang, X., & Nam, B. H., & Kim, Y. J., & Cho, B. H. (2020, June), Engaging, Data-based, Visual Approach to Explaining Concrete Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34544

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