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The COVID-19 Pandemic: The Hallmarks of Online and Hybrid Teaching in the Engineering Classroom

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Architectural Engineering Division Technical Session 3

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Architectural Engineering

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Keith E. Hedges Drury University

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Keith Hedges is a registered architect and professor of architecture that teaches the architectural structures sequence at Drury University. Keith’s teaching repertoire includes 20 different courses of engineering topics at NAAB (architecture) and architecture topics at ABET (engineering) accredited institutions. His interests involve the disciplinary knowledge gap between architecture and engineering students in higher education. Keith is the editor of the Architectural Graphic Standards, 12th Edition, Student Edition.

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The coronavirus disease has caused a worldwide pandemic impacting higher education. Scientists are gaining an understanding that the virus has a propensity to travel via a person’s respiratory droplets and is more likely to spread when people are nearby. As a result, the U.S. government issued a stay-at-home order during the spring semester of 2020. The institution was one of the few schools that reopened its doors for the 2020-2021 calendar year. The shutdown and reopening drastically altered course pedagogies as the traditional seated classrooms morphed into online and hybrid or blended courses. The problem was that the transition did not align with the original instructional design. The instructional strategy became uncoupled and was no longer compatible with the learning objectives and student outcomes. A personal experience narrative was performed to describe the nature of the teaching experience as the pandemic intervened in the classroom. This paper provides the hallmarks of best practices and lessons learned when implementing online education into the structural engineering courses at a small, Midwestern liberal arts, private institution.

Hedges, K. E. (2021, July), The COVID-19 Pandemic: The Hallmarks of Online and Hybrid Teaching in the Engineering Classroom Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37845

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