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Innovative Assessment Practice to Improve Teaching and Learning in Civil Engineering

Siham G. Farrag
Middle East College, Sultanate of Oman

Abstract—The professional skills are essential for engineering student along with conceptual knowledge. The main objective of this paper is to explore an innovative assessment practice that was implemented to enhance teaching and learning for an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering. The practice was developed to increase students’ engagement, and encourage collaboration and critical thinking to achieve sustainable learning. Emerging technology and e-tools were the key of improve this practice. The practice was evaluated through students’ performance during the semester, and through the analysis of student’s feedback, peer review and external feedback. Generally, the feedback demonstrated the effectiveness of this practice in improving students’ understanding of the subject area and their academic performance. The total satisfaction was more than 90% and showed students’ satisfaction with the pedagogy adopted. The results showed a significant improvement in students’ performance in both internal and external marks. The final exam average increased by 20% and the total average increased by 15.4 % from the previous semester. This paper highlights the importance of linking learning and assessment as a core part of the teaching and learning process.

Index Terms—sustainable learning, deep learning, formative assessment, engineering learning attributes

Cite: Siham G. Farrag, "Innovative Assessment Practice to Improve Teaching and Learning in Civil Engineering," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 74-80, June 2020. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.6.2.74-80

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