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Peer and Student Review of an Online Construction Management Sustainability Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Construction Session 1: Sustainable Practices

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Scott Kelting California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Scott Kelting is an Associate Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Kelting earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching, educational facilities, decision-making, housing, and education.

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Eric A. Holt University of Denver

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Dr. Eric A. Holt is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, teaching in the Burns School of real Estate and the Built Environment. He has 25 years of industry experience, with 18 years in the design field. He teaches Plan Reading, Design Management, Virtual Design and Construction, BIM, Contract Administration, and Construction Building Systems to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Nathan Barry University of Nebraska - Kearney

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Nathan Barry is an assistant professor of Construction Management at the University of Nebraska Kearney. He holds a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering from the University of Nebraska.

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This paper presents the delivery system for an online construction management course in sustainability and the built environment at a major university. Information about the course layout, assignments, discussions, and assessments are provided in this paper. The course provides a systems approach to green building science that includes sustainable site development, water use efficiency, renewable energy, improving material use, indoor environmental quality, and design innovation. The authors conducted surveys to obtain the students’ perspectives about the course. This study compared students’ perspectives about the online course using a Likert-type survey from two different quarters and a peer review of a sustainability and the built environment course at a four-year university. The paper presents and discusses the results of these student surveys. A quality online learning and teaching peer assessment was also performed. Results provided insight on areas to improve the online course for future users. Preliminary findings suggest the primary area for improvement centered on the ways in which to improve the discussion forums and to enhance the course delivery. This paper aims to provide information and guidance to assist educators in enhancing online education in the area of sustainability and the built environment.

Kelting, S., & Holt, E. A., & Barry, N. (2016, June), Peer and Student Review of an Online Construction Management Sustainability Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25868

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