Using Problem-Based Learning to Enable Application of Foundation Engineering Knowledge in a Real-World Problem

Jean S. Larson, Kimberly Farnsworth, Leah S. Folkestad, Hamed Khodadadi Tirkolaei, Krista Glazewski, Willi Savenye

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Abstract

This work describes an innovative approach to bridging the gap often found in undergraduate engineering courses of students' ability to apply existing content knowledge to real-world situations. The use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) was piloted in a senior-level Foundation Engineering course during the summer of 2018. During the module, groups were asked to solve a messy, real-world problem, collaborate, and simulate a real-world experience. This qualitative study revealed the need for prior knowledge in PBL and the benefits of having the professor model expected PBL behaviors. Students reported positive attitudes about experiencing an authentic problem in a safe environment prior to graduating and entering the workforce. Students were able to better collaborate, solve problems, and create a report. Results suggested ways to improve PBL experience in an engineering class and will be modified for implementation in the fall and future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
EditorsMark J.W. Lee, Sasha Nikolic, Gary K.W. Wong, Jun Shen, Montserrat Ros, Leon C. U. Lei, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages500-506
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665220
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 16 2019
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: Dec 4 2018Dec 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
CountryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period12/4/1812/7/18

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Keywords

  • civil engineering
  • foundation engineering
  • geotechnical engineering
  • problem-based learning
  • soil mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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Larson, J. S., Farnsworth, K., Folkestad, L. S., Tirkolaei, H. K., Glazewski, K., & Savenye, W. (2019). Using Problem-Based Learning to Enable Application of Foundation Engineering Knowledge in a Real-World Problem. In M. J. W. Lee, S. Nikolic, G. K. W. Wong, J. Shen, M. Ros, L. C. U. Lei, & N. Venkatarayalu (Eds.), Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 (pp. 500-506). [8615329] (Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615329