In this short, jeopardy-style activity, students compete in teams to find items in the National Building Code text.
In the class leading up to the class in which the activity takes place, the instructor performs an interactive presentation that aims to give overall structure and context to the National Building Code (Why do we need a building code? Why is it written in this legalistic way? etc.). As part of the interactive presentation, students answer questions and find basic information in the code in groups at intervals during the presentation. This prepares students for the reading homework and the jeopardy activity (during the next class).
Before class, students perform pre-assigned readings from the National Building Code through Moodle. In class, students get into teams (pre-assigned or by choice) of 3-5 people. The instructor has a list of questions of increasing difficulty that they will call out in succession for the teams to find in the National Building Code text (in a book or on a PDF). The questions are a mix of recall and deeper-thinking. The team with the most correct answers wins.
Finally, this leads to an individual Code application exercise for a small design project. The assignment tests student understanding of key code calculations used by designers.
Students learn how to read the code rather than memorize it, which involves deeper thinking and critical thinking skills.
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