Service-Learning Design Projects to Enhance Geotechnical Engineering Education

TitleService-Learning Design Projects to Enhance Geotechnical Engineering Education
Publication TypeConference Paper and Presentation
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDewoolkar, MM, Lens, JE, Hayden, NJ
EditorHryciw, RD, Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, A, Yesiller, N
Conference NameGeoCongress 2012
Date Published2012/03
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Conference LocationOakland, California, United StatesReston, VA
ISBN Number978-0-7844-1212-1

Service learning (SL) is an educational approach that couples service to a community partner with academic learning for students. Often SL goals include those related to academic or technical enhancement, civic engagement, and personal and interpersonal skills. The civic engagement aspect of this approach meshes well with the service-oriented nature of the civil engineering profession. This paper presents pedagogical aspects of SL, its benefits, and ideas on how it can be implemented within undergraduate engineering courses, specifically geotechnical engineering courses. Some examples of SL projects undertaken in a foundation engineering course and the civil and environmental senior capstone course at the University of Vermont are also presented.

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