Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M. Eng.


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degree Program

JB Speed School of Engineering

Committee Chair

Rockaway, Thomas

Committee Member

Lewis, James

Committee Member

Mohsen, Jafar

Author's Keywords

success; engagement; virtual; classroom; education; engineering


The following thesis examines virtual classes from the University of Louisville in the Fall 2020 semester to discover points of weakness relative to keeping students engaged in online courses. Three surveys were taken by a select group of participants over the course of the fall semester in order to collect student opinion on specific classes. Interviews were held with a subset of students from the group of participants and also with professors who taught the study’s participants in the fall of 2020. Their responses and conversations were used to determine possible areas of improvement for virtual classes. This information was then used to develop suggestions for improving the classes referenced in the surveys; the recommendations can be generalized for usage in classes at other institutions. The research conclusion establishes guidelines for examining and refining any virtual or hybrid classes in the engineering field.