As part of the curriculum enhancement effort for this project, the existing Geotechnical Engineering course at UNC Charlotte (CEGR 3278) was organized into the four content modules listed in the following table. These content modules and their supporting lectures were designed so that they could be taught using a more conventional lecture delivery method without the GCT during Semester 1 and Semester 2, followed by the implementation of the Geotechnical Concept Tools (GCT) into the course during Semester 3 and Semester 4. The material essentially remains the same, but the delivery methods were adjusted to accommodate various learning styles. Some GCT were distributed directly to the students as visuals that they were able to touch and evaluate on their own. Other GCT were larger in scale offering three-dimensional models utilized as part of a brief classroom demonstration designed to accentuate important concepts. The remaining GCT involved interactive and engaging classroom activities that promoted a student-centered atmosphere inside the classroom. Many of these tools, models, and activities were designed to replace the dull sketches drawn on the board and conventional one-way communication methods. Because most of the GCT served as classroom visuals or replaced a delivery method utilized prior to this study, there was very little (if any) additional time required to implement these changes during Semester 3 and Semester 4. Details regarding the GCT listed in the following table are accessed through the links below.
|Course Module||Geotechnical Concepts Tool|
|Site Investigation and Sampling Methods|
|Soil Seepage & Effective Stress||1D Seepage Fundamentals|
|Consolidation||Classic Spring Analogy|
|Shear Strength||Shear Strength versus Normal Stress|