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Using Poll App to Improve Active Learning in an Engineering Project Management Course Offered to Civil and Environmental Engineering Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 6 - Technology & Simulation

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Construction Engineering

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Long Duy Nguyen P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Long Nguyen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Before joining FGCU, he was the deputy director of Tuan Le Construction and a lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT). Prior to his tenure at HCMUT, he worked as a construction consultant at Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. in Walnut Creek, CA. He is a professional engineer registered in California. He earned his B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from HCMUT in 1999, M.Eng. in Construction Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering – Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

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Robert O'Neill P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. ROBERT (BOB) J. O’NEILL is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1975, an M.S. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993. Prior to his coming to FGCU he was a Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University and an Associate Professor and Director of the Civil Engineering Analysis Group at the United States Military Academy. Dr. O’ Neill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been active at the national level with ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) and Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative. Dr. O’Neill is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is an American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow (ASCE), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

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Simeon J. Komisar Florida Gulf Coast University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Komisar is the Program Director of Environmental Engineering at FGCU

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Project management knowledge areas such as cost estimating, financial evaluations and project planning tend to receive less focus in engineering curricula. Students often perceive them not as “core” knowledge in their engineering majors. Increasing engineering student interest, attention, engagement and deeper learning in these knowledge areas is a challenge. In addition to making course materials relevant to these engineering disciplines, instructors have to employ various active learning initiatives to ensure effective teaching and learning are actually taking place. This paper presents a case study of using a poll app called Poll Everywhere as an active learning activity in a required senior-level “engineering project management” course for civil and environmental engineering students. As a question driven and student active tool, the poll app was used to quickly assess the students’ learning in a previous lesson. The responses were optional and not graded in order to stimulate discussion among small groups of students when working on the poll questions. The classroom setting that followed the SCALE‐UP (student-centered active learning environment for undergraduate programs) model was appropriate for such collaborative learning. The student interest, understanding and knowledge of the course content were perceived to improve among students taking classes that used the polling system compared to those taking in “control” classes that did not use this cloud-based response system. Both students and faculty recognized the benefits of this implementation for identifying knowledge gaps of the course content, having extra practice with collaborative learning and making class sessions more interactive. Polling the right questions and time management were among the challenges when implementing the system.

Nguyen, L. D., & O'Neill, R., & Komisar, S. J. (2019, June), Using Poll App to Improve Active Learning in an Engineering Project Management Course Offered to Civil and Environmental Engineering Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33514

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