AE 537 Building Failures – First Post

AE 537 Building Failures - First Post

AE 537 Class:

Welcome to Building Failures Forum.  This is the site that you will be using for a variety of class functions including information searches, case studies, failures news and most importantly, as a discussion forum.

Topics presented in class, particularly those by a number of the guest speakers will require you to provide  follow up discussion through this forum.  Some of your discussion posts are private to the class and not available to the general public (depending on the topic and the participation of the guest speaker)  which is why a password is sometimes, but not often, required for the discussion activities on this site.  In some cases, if time and schedule permits, the AE 537 Practitioner Guest Speaker will participate in the discussion and comments as well .  The site in general, including your discussions, will be monitored and occasionally moderated by Professor Parfitt.

Password and Initial Posting

Posting of comments (discussions) on this site require moderator (MKev) approval in order to avoid the site from being spammed.  This slows the group discussion and defeats the point of the forum.  However, trusted users (you) can be allowed to post outside the moderator framework if they previously had a post / comment approved.  For this reason, each student is required to post an initial “dummy comment” to this particular Topic Post so that it can be approved; thereby permitting all your future comments to post without an individual comment specific approval.  As such, we will minimize any delays in having the group see your discussion comments and opinions.  There are a few exceptions which can trigger a hold on your post for site security purposes and we will discuss those in class in more detail.

Note:  Any basic text constitutes an initial “dummy comment”.   For example: “Hi MKev.” 

When a password is required, the password will be the same for all discussions and will be provided in class or by way of an PSU Angel email notification.  Do not provide the password to anyone outside of AE 537.  The password to access this post initially and set up your username etc. will be provided via email from the Penn State Angel course management system.

After the initial setup when we begin using the discussion feature on a regular basis, you will be directed to individual discussions via a link sent out by Professor Parfitt or classroom announcement which will tell you to go to the “Recent Posts” to look for the topic or Guest Lecture Topic Name.


Prior to making the first  sample post, you are required to log in with an email address and select a username that you will use for the entire semester.  You must select a username that can be identified by the course instructor and the other students in the class.  First name with last initial is recommended.  Note: If you log in with a different email address and/or username, the system will treat this as a New User and your comments will need moderated again.  Please keep track of your sign in information to avoid the need to re-initiate your trusted user status each time you comment.


Participation in the Discussions is a required part of the course.  Evaluation will be based on consistency of participation (read this as remembering to go on line and do it), posting your comments within the required time frame, appropriateness (quality) of your comments and effort in maintaining the discussion (responding to comments addressed to your comments and observations as appropriate).

Providing meaningful comments and information obtained from outside the Guest Lecture are considered a high level of participation.  Comments such as “I liked the speaker’s tie” (even if you did!) are considered low level and essentially non participation.

For some of the discussions, a student or pair of students will be assigned to be the initiator / moderator.  This will be explained in class but the student moderators are responsible for keeping the discussion going and keeping things on track.  MKev  will do this or certainly help with this the first couple of times until everyone gets the hang of things.

Yes, evaluation of your participation is somewhat subjective on the part of the course instructor.  However, there will be a record of all the discussions and if you don’t think your overall end of semester evaluation in this category was fair, we can always give it another look.

27 Responses to “AE 537 Building Failures – First Post”

  1. EllenW
    August 28, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    I have read the 3 FailuresWiki articles to prepare for class discussions

  2. DavidK
    August 28, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    I have read the 3 articles in preparation for class discussions.

  3. Richard T.
    August 28, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    I have read the 3 cases in preparation for discussion.

  4. Tyler J
    August 28, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    I have read the 3 cases in preparation for discussion.

  5. Geoffrey T.
    August 24, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    I have read the initial assigned articles in preparation for class discussion

  6. Keunhyoung Park
    August 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi, this is my first comment.

  7. Dennis B
    August 23, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Hi Professor Parfitt

  8. Pete Pitilis Jr.
    August 23, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    dummy comment

  9. Shangmi X.
    August 23, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Hi mkev

  10. Tyler J
    August 23, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    Here is my sample comment.

  11. HarryB
    August 22, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi MKev

  12. Shubham Kapadiya
    August 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    This is my dummy comment

  13. Shubham Kapadiya
    August 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

    Professor Parfitt: I read the initial article to prepare for the class discussion.

  14. EllenW
    August 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    Hey all!

  15. Jared P.
    August 22, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    This comment is in order

  16. Geoffrey Tanudjaja
    August 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi. Dummy Comment

  17. Camille Stefani
    August 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi Professor Parfitt this is Camille

  18. DavidK
    August 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm #


  19. Jared Patota
    August 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

    Nice weather today

  20. Nick S.
    August 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    I have read the instructions for replying to class discussion posts.

  21. Perry H.
    August 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    First Post

  22. WangjaeY
    August 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi MKev.

  23. Megan F.
    August 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    This is my dummy comment.

  24. Richard T.
    August 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Dummy Comment

  25. mkev
    July 11, 2017 at 12:24 am #

    Sample Comment: Professor Parfitt: I read the initial assigned articles in preparation for class discussion.

    • benP
      August 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

      dummy comment

    • JeremyS
      August 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

      Sample Comment

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