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Hybrid Method for Enhancement of Structural Understanding in Architecture Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

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Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Architectural Engineering

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Giovanni Loreto Kennesaw State University

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Giovanni Loreto is an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Construction Management at the Kennesaw State University (KSU). He earned both his Master in Architectural Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy. Before joining KSU in the Fall 2016, he worked as postdoctoral associate at both the University of Miami and Georgia Institute of Technology.
He has conducted research across different disciplines with particular focus on novel construction materials and structural performance evaluation. His research activity focuses on: the advancement of high strength/high performance cementitious materials and steel composite (SC) structures; the development of advanced composites-based systems for repair and strengthening existing structures, the structural health monitoring and correlation between traditional on-field analysis and novel-monitoring techniques.
At KSU his teaching efforts focus on the integration of structural concepts within the architectural design process. He is currently teaching courses on structural analysis, design of concrete/wood/steel structures, and architecture studio design with an overarching goal of bridging the gap between theory and practice.

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Humberto Reinoso Mercer University Orcid 16x16

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The majority of my professional careers has been in clinical practice. My
passion for nursing education has evolved as healthcare demands on the practitioner, patient, and community
have become more complex. As a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner I
care for individuals throughout the lifespan. My PhD and current research interest focused on the silent
epidemic of viral hepatitis. As a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Graduate Clinical Coordinator at Georgia
Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, I am able to combine my passion for clinical practice and
education of future Advance Practice Professionals.

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This paper focused on the use of educational exercises for architecture students in order to enhance their understanding of structural engineering principles. Hybrid method refers to the use of educational models that target both qualitative and quantitative understanding of structural analysis. In particular in this study a series of hands-on activities were designed and incorporated into the Architecture Structure classes to provide students with a deeper level of understanding on structural behavior. The overarching goal was to collect data that supported the introduction of educational tools for physical demonstrators and 3-D interactive real-time simulations into an otherwise conventional mathematical class. In particular, the educational framework included a mix of software and small-scale models. The first one helped students realize the difference between the textbook solutions and the real-world physical phenomena by visualizing and experiencing 3-D structural behaviors in a virtual environment. On the other hand, the small-scale modeling was used to provide students with a greater impression for longer retention. A four-phased teaching methodology comprised of the following steps: 1) generation of idea (Informal Learning), 2) theorizing process (Intuitive Conceptual Understanding), 3) conversing process (Mathematical Understanding), 4) diverging process (Implementation of comprehensive understanding) was utilized. Results show how this approach was able to increase students’ motivation and ability to learn structures with satisfactory results for both instructor and students.

Loreto, G., & Reinoso, H. (2019, June), Hybrid Method for Enhancement of Structural Understanding in Architecture Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32908

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