Work-In-Progress: Integration of Inclusivity Activity in Civil Engineering Materials Course

Tiago Forin, Parth Bhavsar, Aaron Nolan, Harsh Pandya, Yusuf Mehta

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The objective of the paper is to present a work-in-progress effort in integrating an inclusivity component in a civil engineering materials course. Civil Engineering Materials is a required junior level 2- credit course with a lab on aggregates, cement, cement concrete and asphalt, and hot mix asphalt. There were 72 students in the class with 24 groups of three members each. In fall 2017, the instructor introduced an activity in half of the number of groups compared the testing standard of construction materials between two states within the US and the other half compared the testing standards between a state in the US and a different country. The objective of this activity was to expose half of the cohort of students to practices in different countries and evaluate the impact of exposing this activity on the social attitudes. The course has a two 75-minute lecture slot, and one 150 min slot for laboratory. The instructor was supported by four lab assistants. However, the students meet for the laboratory only four to five times a semester. The students were required to do the following as part of this activity: 1) Submit a one-page summary about the comparison between states within US or between US and other country within the first four weeks of classes; 2) Meet with each lab assistant to discuss the progress four weeks after the topic was approved; 3) Give a final presentation for 20 minutes, including 5 minute during the last week of class during the lab period. All the lab assistants viewed all the presentations and graded based on Oral Communication, Visual Communication, Professionalism, Technical Content, and overall organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538611739
StatePublished - Jul 2 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2018Oct 6 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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