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Implementing a Project-Based Learning Approach in the Pandemic

9 pagesPublished: June 9, 2021


When the pandemic hit the United States shores in early 2020, higher education institutions started to revise their instructional delivery methods accordingly in such a short period. It was a challenge for instructors to find a way to offer classes in a remote version online using asynchronous and synchronous digital platforms. The problem occurs when some classes focus on a hands-on approach that needs to be utilized in disciplines like Construction Management (CM). The question becomes, 'how to offer an effective and safe learning environment?' This paper presents a new approach to a CM class with a lab component that was created during the pandemic. 'Construction Systems' is a core CM course that students need, and it was assigned to be offered with a face-to- face element during the summer term of 2020. Detailed instructional planning was carried out in implementing a Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach considering student health and safety using educational technologies. In the paper, details of the planning for the PBL, implementation process, creating an active learning environment are detailed based on a real experience. As primary research findings, a new PBL approach was introduced and tested during the pandemic, and the results are promising. Therefore, this approach can be used by other CM programs around the country for future necessities.

Keyphrases: Active Learning Environment, CM education, flipped classroom, Pandemic, Project Based Learning (PBL)

In: Tom Leathem, Anthony J. Perrenoud and Wesley Collins (editors). ASC 2021. 57th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference, vol 2, pages 578--586

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Adam Bogedain and Kasim Korkmaz},
  title     = {Implementing a Project-Based Learning Approach in the Pandemic},
  booktitle = {ASC 2021. 57th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference},
  editor    = {Tom Leathem and Anthony Perrenoud and Wesley Collins},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Built Environment},
  volume    = {2},
  pages     = {578--586},
  year      = {2021},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2632-881X},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/dp9j}}
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