Embedding technology to support the development of problem-solving skills in geotechnical design students

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The aim of this study is to explore the design of an effective learning environment to support the development of problem-solving skills through introduction of real-world case studies where the students are challenged to design a solution within a simulated work environment. The project focus is on the potential for enhancement of the delivery and assessment of the Geotechnical Design module using technology that will support student learning and the development of problem-solving skills. Action research methodology was used to develop and implement a new blended learning activity for undergraduate Geotechnical Design students which introduced online learning activities and environments to deliver essential parts of geotechnical engineering curriculum such as design reporting which is a requirement of the current Eurocodes. The action had a positive impact on the development of real world problem solving skills of the students and allowed the students, on top of acquiring the technical skills, to assume responsibility and take control of their own learning while sharing knowledge. The posing of an open-ended real-life problem and the technology-supported learning were critical in motivating the students to learn and enhancing their learning experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
PublisherISSMGE
Pages3339-3342
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2017

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Learning
Students
Technology
student
learning
Geotechnical engineering
Blended Learning
Health Services Research
work environment
action research
Curricula
Problem Solving
learning environment
Curriculum
engineering
Research Design
curriculum
responsibility
methodology
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Keywords

  • learning
  • teaching and learning
  • curriculum development
  • motivation
  • valence
  • geotechnical engineering; transportation; building information modelling; earthworks; buried services

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Mickovski, S. (2017). Embedding technology to support the development of problem-solving skills in geotechnical design students. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (pp. 3339-3342). ISSMGE.
Mickovski, Slobodan. / Embedding technology to support the development of problem-solving skills in geotechnical design students. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. ISSMGE, 2017. pp. 3339-3342
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Mickovski, S 2017, Embedding technology to support the development of problem-solving skills in geotechnical design students. in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. ISSMGE, pp. 3339-3342.

Embedding technology to support the development of problem-solving skills in geotechnical design students. / Mickovski, Slobodan.

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