Campus integrated project-based learning course in civil and environmental engineering

Jeffery Roesler, Paul Littleton, Arthur Schmidt, Lance Schideman, Morgan Johnston, Jose Mestre, Geoffrey Herman, Irene Mena, Emily Gates, Jason Morphew, Liang Liu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A hybrid project and service based learning course has been introduced in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois. The primary objectives of the course are to develop engineering problem solving, professional, and business skills earlier in our CEE undergraduate curriculum by having student teams identify open-ended, ill-defined campus/community problems or opportunities, develop a feasible project scope, and propose sustainable solutions. The unique features of our course include (1) a blend of service and project learning with faculty instructors partnering with the campus engineering staff to assist with team project mentoring, campus data collection, local field trips, and case studies, (2) formal course assessments through pre and post-class survey and student focus group interviews, and (3) weekly instructor meetings that consist of faculty, teaching assistants, department administrators and engineering staff updating the course during the semester and planning major changes for the next course offering. In this paper, we describe the course organization and its curricular evolution along with evaluation data from student surveys and focus groups as well as the impact of routine instructor community of practice meetings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationLaunching a New Vision in Engineering Education, FIE 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479984534
StatePublished - Dec 2 2015
Event2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015 - El Paso, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2015Oct 24 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityEl Paso


  • case study
  • field trips
  • interdisciplinary team projects
  • project based learning
  • service learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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