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Introduction Of Gis Into Civil Engineering Curricula

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008

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2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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12

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13.808.1 - 13.808.12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--4433

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Ronaldo Luna Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Ronaldo Luna is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995. His research interests include: engineering education, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, and hazard mitigation.

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Richard Hall Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Richard Hall is a professor Information Science & Technology and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Information Technology Evaluation at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his PhD from the Texas Christian University in 1988. His research and teaching focus on the creation, exploration, and evaluation of web and new media technologies.

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Michael Hilgers Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Michael Hilgers is a professor and associate chair of Information Science & Technology as well as Director of the Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his PhD from Brown University in 1992. His research interests include modeling and simulation with applications in educational technology.

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Ghulam Bham Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Ghulam H. Bham is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. His research interests include modeling and simulation of driver behavior in transportation systems, traffic operations and control, and traffic safety.

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Richard Elgin Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dick Elgin is an adjunct professor of Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is a Missouri licensed surveyor and engineer and is the former owner of a consulting engineering and surveying firm in Rolla, MO.

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Charles Morris Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Charles D. Morris is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1978. His research and teaching interests include: fluid mechanics, open channel, stream morphology, transients flows, and physical and mathematical fluid flow modeling.

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Glenn Morrison Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Glenn Morrison is an associate professor of Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. His research and teaching focus includes indoor air pollution, exposure analysis and micro-scale control of air pollutants.

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Introduction of GIS into Civil Engineering Curricula Abstract

This research project developed a web-based learning system to teach students the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the foundational courses of a typical civil engineering program. As opposed to generating a series of GIS courses, the GIS know-how is introduced within existing courses as a module that will reinforce basic concepts taught throughout the curriculum in a comprehensive manner. Evaluation research of a proof-of- concept prototype for geotechnical course supported the efficacy of such an approach. With this prototype as a guide, modules are developed in the following five areas: environmental, geotechnical, hydrology, surveying/measurements, and transportation.

The principal objectives of this research project are: (1) To create a web-based learning system that supports student learning on how to apply GIS within the context of civil engineering, (2) To implement learning modules in existing undergraduate civil engineering courses, (3) To carry out a series of summative and formative evaluation studies (including external evaluators) with components and iterations of this learning system under development, and, (4) To disseminate the developed educational materials and learning system to other universities in order to test the ability of our results to scale and port. The GIS tool and the Civil Engineering content were selected because of the importance of these disciplines within the engineering profession and within the broad context of current U.S. infrastructure needs. The design approach introduces GIS to both the student and instructor during the learning experience. The instructor’s focus is still the subject matter in civil engineering. The design of the instructional tool consists of training in the use of GIS within the context of real Civil Engineering problem solving. The design of the learning system is firmly grounded in educational theory and research. Further, educational evaluation and research comprises a major component of this project, which extends research carried out in the proof of concept project. This includes the detailed exploration of learning and instructional design variables, utilizing multiple methodologies and measurement tools. This research, combined with our initial findings, yields a detailed understanding of how students go about using interactive software to learn to use sophisticated tools to solve complex problems. This provides important insights into basic cognitive and educational issues that underlie learning with these types of learning technologies. The expansion project is designed with a broad scope to cover several emphasis areas in civil engineering and the impact of engineering decisions to the public. Almost all civil engineering programs in the country have required courses such as the ones presented herein. The evaluation process includes peers and colleagues from at other universities for an external loop in the development of the learning system to ensure a superior quality product. Civil engineering programs nationwide will benefit from the integration of GIS into their foundational courses without adding more courses. Nationwide access benefits the engineering profession as a whole, as newly minted engineers begin their careers with a strong GIS background.

Introduction

The popularity of web-based instructional tools across engineering disciplines has grown significantly in recent years[2-4] for a number of reasons. First, a much larger number of students,

Luna, R., & Hall, R., & Hilgers, M., & Bham, G., & Elgin, R., & Morris, C., & Morrison, G. (2008, June), Introduction Of Gis Into Civil Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4433

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