June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
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Integration of Information Technology Software in a Civil Engineering Program – Learning Styles Considered Previously Accepted Paper (2013)AbstractExpectations of information technology skills continue to grow in the Civil Engineeringprofession, demanding that universities include the development of information technologyknowledge in their vision and goals, and ABET outcomes and objectives. Since 2007, the CivilEngineering Program at the United States Military Academy has evolved their approach tointegrating information technology into multiple courses across the program. In 2009, acomprehensive study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of this approach and threespecific challenges were identified: limited faculty capacity to maintain pace with theinformation technologies, complexities and costs of the technologies, and difficulty ofintegrating the technologies across a program rather than a one-course exposure. In thefollowing years, these challenges were addressed and teaching approach to informationtechnology evolved to address these challenges. In 2011, a follow-up study was completed toassess the evolution and indentify future work to continue to evolve the approach. Specifically,it was reported that through the evolution and assessment it become readily apparent that therewas a unique and strong relationship between learning styles and teaching/tutoring approaches.Although this is an obvious statement relative to all learning and teaching environments, thedemands of teaching information technology across multiple domains of development (cognitive,affective, and psychomotor) made this connection even more critical. This paper will discuss thestudy of the learning styles considerations in teaching information technology and howteaching/tutoring approaches can best be developed to address student learning styles acrossmultiple domains of development. Longitudinal assessment results will be compared to the 2009and 2011 studies, along with other assessments. It is believed that these results, and thecontinued assessment of the teaching approach at this institution, will provide valuable insight toother programs to help them overcome the challenges of teaching information technologies.
Wright, E. R., & Hanus, J. P. (2014, June), Integration of Information Technology Software in a Civil Engineering Program – Learning Styles Considered Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20679
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