VCEMPer Diana Franco Duran received the 2018 ACOFI Award

VCEMPer Diana Franco Duran received the 2018 ACOFI Award for a work she presented at the International Meeting of Engineering Education organized by the Colombian Association of Faculty of Engineering (ACOFI in Spanish) in Cartagena (Colombia) last year.

Diana won the first place in the category Teaching in Engineering with the work titled “Engineering Teaching is Stuck in the Past: How to Move Forward from the Traditional and Obsolete Approach?”  Diana received her award from the President of ACOFI, Carlos Arturo Lozano. The award ceremony took place on March 29 at Medellin, Colombia.

The goal of her presentation was to show faculty and deans of the Colombian universities that the traditional approach, in which most of the engineering courses have been taught by decades, does not adjust to today’s generation. To this end, she presented the incorporation of Active Learning and Problem-Based Learning methodologies to a Construction Management course she taught at Virginia Tech.  

She concluded her presentation saying, “The process of re-thinking and re-designing a course is very time-consuming. However, it is time to make the academic learning relevant.”