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Use of Online Assessment and Collaboration Tools for Sustainable Building Practices Course

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Assessment in Construction Education

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24.1311.1 - 24.1311.10



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Rui Liu The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu University of Texas at San Antonio Orcid 16x16

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Use of Online Assessment and Collaboration Tools for Sustainable Building Practices CourseIn the last decade, sustainable building and green construction practices became an importantpart of construction industry. The importance of this trend is reflected in higher education withthe introduction of sustainable practices into construction curricula. There are several differentmethods of delivering sustainability content including stand-alone lecture courses, structureddiscussions in various construction courses, and a broader coverage of concepts across thecurriculum. However, these methods are usually limited to a face-to-face lecture format becauseof the type and depth of the content. Case studies may be presented to demonstrate theapplication of the concepts, but the focus quickly shifts to a lecture format especially whencodes, standards, and rating systems are to be covered. Attracting and maintaining studentinterest becomes a challenge under these circumstances.This paper presents the use of online assessment and collaborations tools for a sustainablebuilding practice course to enhance the student learning experience. It is important to note thatthe online tools did not replace the traditional lecture portion of the course but served assupplementary instruments. The tools that were implemented for this course included onlinequizzed and exams, instructor led digital discussion boards, and student led group sign-up anddigital discussions. Blackboard platform was used to establish the digital content whichfacilitated a self-paced study of the course materials while maintain an interactive environment.The group projects were designed to address the implementation of the rating systems which wasdiscussed in course lectures. A real-life project was used to analyze the design and constructionalternatives including the achievement of rating system points. A simple survey was conducted atthe end of the course to measure the effectiveness of the online tools and the students’ perceptionof the online activities. Instructor’s experiences and observations on the formation andmaintenance of the system are also included in the paper.

Liu, R., & Hatipkarasulu, Y. (2014, June), Use of Online Assessment and Collaboration Tools for Sustainable Building Practices Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23244

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