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Evaluation of Open Educational Resources (OER) Use in Construction Management Technology Courses

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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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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Michael Shenoda State University of New York

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Michael Shenoda is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and Construction Management at Farmingdale State College in New York. He has previously served as a faculty member at other institutions, totaling over 13 years in civil engineering and construction management education. Michael is a member of several professional organizations, including American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He has also been inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering National Honor Society. He has carried out research in several areas, including advanced traffic signal control, construction management, and sustainability in construction and civil engineering. Michael has also worked in the engineering industry for several years, as both a design engineer and construction inspector. He is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey and Texas, and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.

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Evaluation of Open Educational Resources (OER) Use in Construction Management Technology Courses

Access to educational programs in Construction Management Technology can be limited by the high cost of textbooks, software, and other proprietary materials. The use of Open Education Resources (OER), which are materials that have low or no cost for academic use, can help address the issue of access. Construction Management Technology courses can realize this benefit relatively easily, as the needed resources may often be accessed or created based on materials available from public agencies at all levels of government. There are several goals other than reduced cost that should be addressed by OER use in Construction Management Technology. These include: (1) meeting required student learning outcomes, (2) improving student attitudes regarding educational access, and (3) fostering adaptation of the material to enhance student learning and provide current information. Having previously established a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of implementing OER in a Construction Management Technology course, the current work reports on the performance of OER use in an estimating course. Two sections of the course being offered in the Fall 2019 semester are evaluated herein based on cost of materials and achievement of the three goals outlined. These are compared to a non-OER section of the course also being offered in Fall 2019, as well as performance in offerings of the same estimating course before OER implementation.

Shenoda, M. (2020, June), Evaluation of Open Educational Resources (OER) Use in Construction Management Technology Courses Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34605

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