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Robert Klinc

Comparison of distance learning courses: A/E/C computer integrated global teamwork course and ITC euromaster

Abstract: Even though advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) significantly changed the way professionals in building and construction (BC) industry work, the dominant training method is still the traditional classroom lecture with all its drawbacks. In response to the demands from the AEC sector to improve and broaden the competence of engineering students in using new technologies while solving specific problems, in 1993 University of Stanford (USA) started an ICT supported distance learning course named Architecture/Engineering/Construction Computer Integrated Global Teamwork Course (AEC Global Teamwork). The mission of the program is to educate the next generation of professionals to be able to work in multi discipline collaborative environments and to take advantage of information technologies to produce high quality products in faster and more economic way. Positive feedback of the AEC Global Teamwork encouraged other institutions to introduce their own BC oriented dis-tance learning courses, one of them being ITC Euromaster. In autumn 2001, nine European universities started the pro-ject in order to develop an inter university postgraduate programme in information technology in construction (ITC). This paper describes similarities and differences of both approaches, presents results of the survey carried out among participants of both courses, and compares both of them from the students’ point of view.

Keywords: engineering education, distance learning, PBL, ITC Euromaster

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Saban Özsariyildiz, Reza Beheshti

Effects of teaching environments and the digital media: the case of a parametric design systems course

Abstract: The information and communication technologies (ICT) and the digital media have created excellent con-ditions for changing the learning, training and teaching environments. New modes of teaching in higher education sub-jects can enhance ones ability to proactively constructing his or her personal learning universe. These developments have contributed to distant learning becoming widely available and accessible. In this regard the idea of lifelong learn-ing has started to pave its way towards the knowledge driven society of the future. This paper identifies and evaluates issues relevant to the emerging eLearning paradigm. These observations are based on an ongoing experiment on effects of such environments. The goal is to discuss the widely perceived scope provided by these technology-based learning environments for increased pedagogical opportunities in order to enhance student learning, institutional objectives for growth in the face of intensified competition in the higher education sector and the expansion of mass education throughout the world. This paper reports some experiments that are carried out in the framework of the undergraduate and postgraduate elective course of Parametric Design Systems at Delft University of Technology.

Keywords: elearning, distant learning, life-long learning, digital media

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Shen Q, Scott D

A web-based online postgraduate programme in project management

Abstract: The Department of Building and Real Estate of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has recently developed and implemented a web-based online programme in project management. This programme meets the needs of professionals in the construction industry who wish to acquire new skills and insights as part of their continuing professional development without leaving their place of work for extended and/or repetitive periods. It allows such personnel to learn at their own pace in their own place, with faceto-face supporting workshops. Whereas academic staff members were responsible for the contents of subjects in the programme, a development team was formed to support them with the collection of content material, the development and transformation of the actual content, and instructional design advice on learning in the web-based environment, etc. This paper presents the experience of the team who has pursued the development of the programme into the realms of web-based distance learning. It describes the programme that has been developed, its successes, lessons learnt, and the overall theology that was developed for web-based learning for students of the programme. The opportunities for new methods of teaching and ways of presenting complex ideas are displayed. The use of technology to allow the introduction and innovative use of case studies and continuous monitoring of each student's performance are demonstrated.

Keywords: web-based, teaching and learning, master programme, projectmanagement

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