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Implementing a Virtual Surveying Lab

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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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Capitalizing on COVID: Using This Disruptor to Change the Educational Model

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Civil Engineering

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John Tingerthal P.E. Northern Arizona University

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John Tingerthal joined the Construction Management faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2007 and was appointed as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 2015. His engineering career spans a variety of design and forensic engineering experiences. He spent the first eight years of his career performing structural consulting engineering in Chicago. He earned his Doctorate in Education and is currently the Associate Chair of the Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering Department. His academic interests lie in the field of discipline-based education. John is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). John is a past chair of the Construction Engineering Division of ASEE.

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Kaikea Kaoni Northern Arizona University

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Kai Kaoni M.B.A. is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) College of Forestry, Engineering and Natural Sciences. Teaching in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management programs, he strives to share his experience in building and design with his students. Prior to being an instructor, Kai began his career as a civil designer for a consulting firm in Prescott, Arizona specializing in sub-division and commercial site development. Following his graduate studies in 2011, he decided to transition into a construction management role with a Flagstaff, Arizona based general contractor. With a focus in higher education construction, Kai helped deliver several campus projects around northern Arizona as project engineer, estimator and project manager. Most recently, he acted as the CMAR project manager on NAU’s first Net Zero Energy building, the NAU International Pavilion.

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In 2020, the COVID pandemic forced educators to pivot to an online teaching modality in the middle of spring semester. In preparation for a summer offering of a surveying and geomatics class, faculty chose to develop a virtual laboratory that could provide a quality, virtual learning experience for students that would fully meet the course learning outcomes. The resulting virtual laboratory centered on a series of videos that put the student in a second-person perspective of a note-taker on a survey crew. The modules built around these videos not only allowed for a fully virtual delivery of the laboratory, with students participating from as far away as Saudi Arabia, they also ensured full participation of every student, something that live survey labs sometimes lack. This paper describes the virtual lab in contrast with a traditional in-person laboratory. Students in the virtual lab reported that it contributed more to their learning than did students in the traditional laboratory. Recommendations for improving the laboratory and incorporating it into a post-COVID curriculum are proposed, including the potential for addressing accessibility constraints on the in-person lab and as a supplemental learning resource.

Tingerthal, J., & Kaoni, K. (2021, July), Implementing a Virtual Surveying Lab Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37300

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