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Integration of Information Technology Software in a Civil Engineering Program – Learning Styles Considered

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Innovative Assessment Techniques in Civil Engineering Courses

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Civil Engineering

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24.787.1 - 24.787.11



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Erik R. Wright P.E. United States Military Academy

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Major Erik Wright is an Instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy. Erik’s civilian education includes a BS in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a Master’s of Civil Engineering from Norwich University and a MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. MAJ Wright is a Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana. MAJ Wright’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course and the Joint Engineer Operations Course. Erik has served three one-year tours in Baghdad, Iraq with the most recent tour ending in June 2010. During that tour, Erik was an Infrastructure Analyst with various infrastructure related duties such as data collection and management, condition analyses of infrastructure systems, and functional subject matter expert for validating national critical infrastructure assets. Past assignments include: Forward Engineer Support Team – Main Detachment Commander; Platoon Leader; Infrastructure Analyst at Corps Level; Civil Engineer, Plans Officer and Logistics Officer at Battalion Level. Erik’s Current research focuses on the construction of nuclear facilities and the criticality of infrastructure systems. He is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Civil Engineers and a life member of the Society of America Military Engineers. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 10 years and has two children, Alexander (9) and Merideth (6).

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Joseph P Hanus U.S. Military Academy

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Colonel Joseph Hanus is the Civil Engineering Program Director at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville; M.S. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is an active member of ASEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. His research interests include fiber reinforced polymer materials, accelerated bridge construction, and engineering education.

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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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