Technology-Assisted Student-Centered Learning for Civil Engineering Students

  • Chiranjeevi Rahul RollakantiEmail author
  • Vikas Rao Naidu
  • Ram Kishore Manchiryal
  • Kiran Kumar Poloju
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Advancements in technology have progressed social life as well as educational scenario over the period. Every year this scenario undergoes a significant shift, due to demand of market and increment in various challenges as per the requirement of different sets of students. Consequently, revisiting the implementation of educational technology in the teaching and learning process is extremely important. This paper highlights the impact of technology to enhance students’ performance in civil engineering module, in which student-centric approach was followed. The study was conducted on civil engineering students at a private college in Muscat, Oman wherein a flipped teaching approach along with free online interactive tools is employed on most of the topics in a basic civil engineering module. A mixed method of three approaches was utilized in collecting data through various means such as questionnaires on the educational technology implemented during module delivery, records of three controlled groups based on their performance and participation in student-centric classroom activities, data and feedback analysis on students’ coursework and end-of-semester assessments. Findings revealed a significant and positive impact on students’ learning experience and their digital competency. The main thrust of the paper is anchored on how technology can be beneficial in providing ample learning avenues for students to improve their performance in class.


Educational technology Flipped teaching Online interactive tools Student-centric approach Teaching and learning 



Researchers would like to convey their sincere thanks to the management of Middle East College, Oman for the motivation and support provided toward research in innovative teaching pedagogies. Authors are thankful to Dr. Van Louis Lo and Dr. Anupam Srivastava for extending their esteemed guidance and support at various stages of implementing these practices and for their encouragement to pursue this research work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiranjeevi Rahul Rollakanti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vikas Rao Naidu
    • 1
  • Ram Kishore Manchiryal
    • 1
  • Kiran Kumar Poloju
    • 1
  1. 1.Middle East CollegeMuscatOman

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