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The impacts of virtual teaching technologies on transportation education during the pandemic

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2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption"



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April 23, 2021

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April 23, 2021

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April 25, 2021

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Dana Dardoon Cal Ploy Pomona

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I am a Master's student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I major in transportation engineering, and my focus is on transportation engineering education and the use of virtual and augmented reality technology in the transportation engineering sector.

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Yongping Zhang P.E.

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Dr. Yongping Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Zhang currently serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation Planning Applications as well as Task Force on Understanding New Directions for the National Household Travel Survey Task Force.

From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Zhang worked as Senior Transportation Modeler and Project Manager for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG); Prior to that, he was a Senior Transportation Analyst for Wilbur Smith Associates in Chicago from 2007 to 2009.

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The practice of transportation engineering education has evolved substantially over the past few decades. Researchers, engineers, and designers today encounter a wide range of increasingly complicated problems. An urgent problem engineering education is facing is the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed how engineering education is practiced worldwide. Since the social distancing order was initiated in the United States around March of 2020, universities across the United States have adopted online teaching, and students were forced to take all of their classes online. Because of the pandemic, many universities were forced to convert all of their classes online abruptly without previous planning. This research aims to determine the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on transportation engineering education. We investigate online teaching's impact on students enrolled in the highway engineering lab (CE3601L) offered at Cal Poly Pomona. In particular, we would like to explore how students adapt to virtual technologies applied for online courses during the pandemic. For this research, data was collected from 5 highway design labs that implemented different technologies, including online textbooks, tutorial videos, online aiding resources, 3D virtual programs, and virtual reality during their online class sessions. Data were collected at different periods of the semester to test the student's understanding of highway design and engagement level during their online lab. Data collected will be used to analyze students' engagement and learning curve during the five labs incorporated in this study.

Dardoon, D., & Zhang, Y. (2021, April), The impacts of virtual teaching technologies on transportation education during the pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Pacific Southwest Conference - "Pushing Past Pandemic Pedagogy: Learning from Disruption", Virtual.

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