Volume 47, N. 2

Special Issue: Geo-education (Invited Editor: K.V. Bicalho), April-June, in progress, 2024

An international initiative on geosynthetic education

Article

Volume 47, N. 2, Special Issue: Geo-education (Invited Editor: K.V. Bicalho), April-June, in progress, 2024 | DOWNLOAD PDF (99 downloads)

Abstract

An international educational initiative to facilitate the exposure of geosynthetics to  undergraduate civil engineering students has been conducted by the International Geosynthetics Society  (IGS) for over a decade. Geosynthetics is a comparatively new topic within geotechnical engineering  and, consequently, has only been sporadically introduced into undergraduate Civil Engineering curricula. In particular, geotechnical engineering professors themselves may have not been exposed to  the basics of geosynthetics to be able to comfortably transfer such knowledge to their students. As part of this educational program, civil engineering professors are invited to take a course on geosynthetics,  for which they receive fellowships covering their expenses. The course also includes complementary components such as a workshop consisting of practical demonstrations, pedagogical material, and  technical documents. Implementation of the program involves multiple parties, including the IGS, its national chapters, and geosynthetics industry, who are allotted the responsibilities of supporting the  program instructors, offering practical project-oriented input. This paper describes the course structure,  the educational tools employed, the impact on the program caused by the pandemic, and results from  feedback surveys that assessed how the knowledge on geosynthetics acquired by the participants was  transferred to their students in terms of new courses on geosynthetics, inclusion of geosynthetics topics  in existing undergraduate disciplines, etc. Emphasis is given on the experience of the Brazilian Chapter  of IGS, which has already conducted programs. The educational outcomes of the programs  currently offered are being evaluated and they suggest excellent acceptance of the course by  participants and undergraduate students at the universities.

Keywords: Geosynthetics, Education, Instructor training, Undergraduate education,


Submitted on April 20, 2023.
Final Acceptance on October 11, 2023.
Discussion open until August 31, 2024.
DOI: 10.28927/SR.2024.003823