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Importance of Active Learning in an Undergraduate Course in Construction Scheduling

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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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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering

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Yewande S. Abraham Rochester Institute of Technology

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Yewande Abraham Ph.D., LEED AP O+M, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology Environmental Management and Safety at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She received her Bachelor's and Master's in Civil Engineering from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom and completed her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. She teaches courses in construction management at RIT including construction scheduling, planning and control and sustainable building construction and design. Her research is in sustainable built environments, occupant comfort and behavior, indoor environmental quality, and building energy consumption.

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Students in construction majors require a variety of skills and knowledge to thrive and lead change in the industry. The learning process should incorporate strategies that ensure students acquire knowledge in the right environment, using up-to-date tools and technology that will support their education. This paper presents active learning techniques adopted in teaching an undergraduate course in construction planning, scheduling, and control. To ensure that the student learning objectives were achieved, student competence and confidence with the course material was measured through feedback surveys. Student evaluation of the coverage of the course material and their confidence in demonstrating skills gained through the course were compared for two offerings of the class by the same instructor. This study showed an improvement in student ratings of the coverage and confidence in the second offering. In assessing different approaches used in the course, students preferred active learning tasks to traditional lectures.

Abraham, Y. S. (2020, June), Importance of Active Learning in an Undergraduate Course in Construction Scheduling Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34787

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