Integration of prerequisite resource materials in a structural design of foundations course using pencasts

Jeffrey A. Laman, Mary Lynn Brannon

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As students enter the final year of an engineering curriculum, a large body of prerequisite knowledge is expected to have been mastered and retained. Knowledge of and proficiency in mechanics, structural analysis, and both concrete and steel structure design is typically required for success in senior level civil engineering design electives and capstone courses. However, students retain only some fraction of the material covered and proficiency gained in second and third year engineering courses as they progress to the fourth year. And the knowledge and proficiency retention level varies significantly from student to student. As technology available to higher education advances, and student comfort level with technology increases, instructors are making increased use of current technological devices. However, the efficacy and effectiveness of the technology is an important consideration that must be evaluated. The present study evaluates the effectiveness of pencast technology for civil engineering students in a structural engineering focus. Objectives of the study are to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of pencasts in CE441 - Structural Design of Foundations. This evaluation study is part of a larger, funded study to evaluate pencasts and other electronic media as archived resources for capstone students in all focus areas of civil engineering. Those who are interested in using online tools to deliver supplemental course materials may be interested in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2014
Event121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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