Education for Colombian Civil Engineers under Problem-Based E-Learning Modalities

Liliana González-Palacio

Universidad de Medellín, Colombia

Cite: González-Palacio L. Education for Colombian Civil Engineers under Problem-Based E-Learning Modalities. J. Digit. Art Humanit., 3(2), 43-52.

Abstract. It is well known that material resistance is a core course for any civil engineer, since construction work requires the use of materials that are subject to constant exposure to internal and external factors.  The University of Medellín has implemented a new strategy in its materials resistance course that includes elements of virtual education and elements of active learning focused on PBL (Problem-Based Learning). This article describes the use of the new educational methodology and its advantages. According to the results of this study, it can be concluded that only lectures do not contribute to the active involvement of students in the learning process and do not allow students to acquire the practical skills necessary to apply the studied courses in their future work. Active involvement in solving practical problems has not only a great impact on student motivation, but also improves academic engagement and performance.
Keywords: Problem-based learning, Virtual education, Materials resistance.


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Published online 27.12.2022