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Innovative Higher Education Teaching and Learning Techniques: Implementation Trends and Assessment Approaches

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Programs and Pedagogies

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Engineering Management

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Piyush Taneja

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Elnaz Safapour University of Texas at Arlington


Sharareh Kermanshachi University of Texas at Arlington Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Kermanshachi has received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus. Her areas of expertise are performance-based modeling, project delivery methods, communication networks, and uncertainty and risk analysis in design and construction of transportation projects. She also has industrial experience as a project manager in multiple building construction projects. Dr. Kermanshachi has conducted several research projects which were awarded by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and Construction Industry Institute (CII). Dr. Kermanshachi has received several prestigious national and regional awards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Professional Service Award, ASCE Excellence in Education (ExCEEd) Fellowship, Aggies Commit to Professional Student Educational Experiences, Graduate Teaching Lecturer Fellowship, and Climate Award. She was also the only academic recipient of the Texas and Louisiana Engineering News Record (ENR) Top Young Professional Award in 2017. Dr. Kermanshachi is currently directing a very vibrant construction engineering and education research group and advising several Ph.D. and Master’s students

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Education plays an important and critical role globally in developing a skilled workforce. For many decades, the use of textbooks has been the traditional method of instruction; however, the emergence and implementation of teaching effectiveness assessment techniques has revealed that most students do not absorb the course content up to the expected level. As a result, many researchers have focused on advancing and improving the existing learning methods, as well as introducing and experimenting with new teaching styles. Unfortunately, researchers have been unable to agree on the effectiveness of the new teaching methods; consequently, they require further investigation. To address this problem, five innovative and effective teaching methods across all the engineering disciplines were selected (flipped classroom, gamification, design thinking/ case study, self-learning, and social media), and in-depth content analyses of them were conducted. The advantages associated with each of the targeted new teaching method were explored, and data pertaining to teaching methods was identified and assessed. The results revealed that between the years of 2000 and 2017, the self-learning method and Social Media were researched and written about in journal articles significantly more often than other teaching methods. Most of the researchers distributed surveys/questionnaires to collect the data needed for the assessment of the adopted teaching techniques. It was concluded that adoption of Self-learning teaching method will improve research skills and thinking ability of learners. In addition, utilization of Social Media will increase effective communication among learners. The outcomes of this study have the potential to substantially help instructors, lecturers, and professors adopt the most effective teaching styles, based on their course learning objectives.

Taneja, P., & Safapour, E., & Kermanshachi, S. (2018, June), Innovative Higher Education Teaching and Learning Techniques: Implementation Trends and Assessment Approaches Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30669

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