Design of online teaching materials for a Civil Engineering UG degree programme: challenges and findings

Activity: Disseminating Research Presentation


The oral presentation was delivered on the topic.

The study is devoted to the organisation of the UG 3+1 Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering delivered to the group of students based in the partner University in China. The specific topics are the design and development of the lectures’ materials, practical work, homework and assignments. The study focuses on the effects of the length of the recorded and online lectures on students’ understanding of the subject, and mapping the patterns of the materials’ organisation. The special attention is paid to the tutor-students contacts and their influence on the students’ learning awareness and progress.

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Elias, A.L., Elliott, D.G., Elliott, J.A.W. (2017). Student perceptions and instructor experiences in implementing an online homework system in a large second-year engineering course. Education for Chemical Engineers, 21: 40–49.

Gregori, P., Martínez, V., Moyano-Fernández, J.J. (2018). Basic actions to reduce dropout rates in distance learning. Evaluation and Program Planning, 66: 48–52.

Koh, Y.Y., Chua, Y.L. (2012). The study of Learning Styles among Mechanical Engineering Students from Different Institutions in Malaysia. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 56: 636–642.


The Conference theme, “From Research to Practice,” addresses the challenge of how to ensure that sound pedagogical research better inform sour teaching and fosters the flow of information from both directions—from classroom practice back to formulating new research questions and generating data to test what we think we “know”?

Traditional forms of teaching, including the much-maligned lecture, have demonstrated remarkable resiliency, while innovative practices, such as flipped classrooms and extended student discussions, have often faced resistance from both teachers and students. These and other challenges have increased with the pandemic, which has transformed classroom teaching in unpredictable and often negative ways. So it is time to revisit the issues of what counts as “best practices” and what barriers prevent their adoption.

IUT conferences emphasizes dialogue and sharing among participants through thought-provoking keynote addresses, interactive theme sessions, workshops, concurrent paper sessions, poster presentations, and a digital showcase. The small size of the conference, drawing 100 to 125 participants each year, helps to foster additional opportunities for informal exchange. An expanding online presence promises to provide additional resources to the international teaching community.
Period27 Jul 202229 Jul 2022
Event title48th Annual Conference Improving University Teaching: From Research to Practice
Event typeConference
Conference number48
LocationTbilisi, GeorgiaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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