Real Tunnel Design Project
For this reason, I conduct a design project. During the project students 1) define and analyze a problem, 2) find a solution or make recommendations, 3) deliver the solution or report to end-user, and 4) discuss their solution and recommendation in the class with other students. For instance, in the senior-level course “Rock Engineering” I provide my students a real tunnel design project and state the problem which is typically stability analysis and determining the optimum tunnel support. I usually divide the students to a number of groups to work on the problem. During the project, groups will analyze the problem, find the appropriate tools, follow the required steps for solving the problem, find the solution and prepare a report. At the end, I assig all groups the important task of criticizing other groups’ idea, solution or recommendation. Holding office hours during the project is very important to development of students’ critical thinking skill. In office hours, students that seek more direction on how approach a problem can get individual attention while explaining their though process. In addition to projects, students use their both conceptual and critical thinking skills on two or three assignment in a semester.
To achieve my third goal of teaching, I incorporate my research