Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


Date of this Version

Spring 2022

Document Type



CIVE 361-Highway Engineering is a required course for all civil engineering majors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The course is an introduction to transportation engineering covering vehicle and driver characteristics, geometric design, traffic operations, and transportation planning. The contents of this published course portfolio are for the Spring 2022 semester offering of CIVE 361. This course is used for formative assessment of ABET student outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 7. The alignment of the assessments used in the course and the ABET SOs were examined. Open educational resources (OERs) have been developed for this course. Data collected in 2020 was examined for the effectiveness of the OER material. More work on OER curation is likely needed. This course uses lower stakes assessments of six quizzes instead of two or three major exams. Practice quizzes are also used to help students prepare for the quizzes. The practice quizzes do seem to generally increase student performance on quizzes but with diminishing returns for the number of times a practice quiz is attempted. Students like the practice quizzes so they will stay but they will stay with only a limited number of attempts allowed.