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Issues in Addressing the Lifelong Learning Needs of Construction Professionals Using Technology Facilitated Learning – Experiences from an Irish Blended Learning Initiative

Wall, John, Ahmed, Vian, & Smit, Debra K. (2006) Issues in Addressing the Lifelong Learning Needs of Construction Professionals Using Technology Facilitated Learning – Experiences from an Irish Blended Learning Initiative. In CIBW89 - International Conference on Building Education and Research, 10-13 April 2006, Hong Kong.

Abstract

The construction industry is one of the key drivers of any economy. Continuing professional development (CPD) and life-long learning are vital to both individual and organizational success. This need has been recognized by both the construction industry and higher education. In higher education changes that can be identified are the need to become more flexible in the delivery of lifelong learning opportunities to meet the needs of construction professionals and integrating e-learning technology in the delivery of these programmes. Given the work and personal demands of busy construction professionals, accessing CPD opportunities is often difficult. For higher education, the intensive resource requirements required in the development of e-learning content and the challenges in accommodating different learning styles, developing an e-learning programme can be a resource intensive exercise for higher education. Many initiatives in the development of e-learning fall into the trap of "one size fits all" approach, which fails to recognize individuals’ have different learning styles. For staff integrating technology in the deployment of technology facilitated learning presents a number of new challenges including, acquiring new skills and changing the way instruction must be delivered. A blended learning programme has been developed in Ireland in an attempt to address the CPD needs of Irish construction professionals. This initiative attempts to strike a balance between the considerable resources required in the development of an e-learning initiative while addressing staff concerns in integrating technology in the delivery of programmes. How this initiative addresses these challenges are outlined and the experiences to date are highlighted.

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ID Code: 3873
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: e, learning, blended learning, CPD, learning, lifelong learning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 04:09

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