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Using Technology To Enhance Learning About Construction Materials

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Instructional Technology

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8.1260.1 - 8.1260.14

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Steven Cramer

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Nancy Ciezki

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Hussain Bahia

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Session 2215

Using Technology to Enhance Learning About Construction Materials

Hussain Bahia, Steven Cramer and Nancy Ciezki The University of Wisconsin-Madison


Educators are faced with new challenges in teaching, due to the expanding and dynamic methods by which information and data are conveyed. Computers, internet, digital cameras, instant messages, communication software, and distance learning are some of the examples of our new age. These developments have raised the expectations of engineering students.

Part of the new culture being formed, that affects us as educators, is the fact that our students are entering our classes with simple but powerful expectations; (a) I can, with reasonable effort, observe (see a visual image of) most complex behaviors and, (b) I should be able to do this at any time that I feel it is suitable for me, at any time I am ready for learning. (c) My time is valuable. Teach me in a way that is most efficient for me. Cut to the most important things I need to know and convince me why I need to know them.

Much has been written about distance learning and how degrees can be earned from offices and homes. That is not what this paper is about. It is about optimizing time and learning with a mix of instructional delivery styles.

This paper describes the first phase of a project to integrate visual and auditory tools in teaching the details of standard test methods of construction materials. It explains the steps by which a set of videos and text were developed to offer engineering students an opportunity to visualize details of testing materials and assess their knowledge at the time they choose using the internet.

The benefits gained by integrating these tools, such as reduced time for laboratory sessions, standardization of the quality of the teaching process, and more effective use of hands-on

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Cramer, S., & Ciezki, N., & Bahia, H. (2003, June), Using Technology To Enhance Learning About Construction Materials Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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