Author(s): Paulo Cachim
Paper category: Proceedings
Book title: Proceedings of the International RILEM Conference on Material, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering
Conference Segment on Innovation of Teaching in Materials and Structures
Editor(s): Per Goltermann
ISBN: 978-2-35158-178-0
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-179-7
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2016
Pages: 22-31
Total Pages: 10
Language: English

Abstract: Several active learning strategies were implemented in the Reinforced Concrete (RC) courses of the Integrated Master in Civil Engineering degree at Aveiro University. These strategies were implemented in the course following the application of the Bologna Process that introduced profound changes in higher education system in Europe. The purpose was to motivate students to become active participants in the learning process and promote their autonomy. There are two RC courses in the degree and different strategies have been implemented. In one of the courses a continuous assessment was implemented with four mini- tests during the semester together with a student competition where, in groups of four or five, they have to design, build and test a RC beam in order to attain a specified load. On the other course students, in groups of two, have to design the RC structure of a small house presenting the calculations, drawings and design report. The project is divided into four parts and students have to present their work to teachers. These strategies proved to engage the students with the courses. Questionnaires have been answered by students to assess their satisfaction with the method.

Online publication : 2016
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros) : 0.00

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