A Collaborative Initiative to Deploy Blended Learning Continuing Professional Development in the Construction Industry

Wall, John, Smit, Debra K., & Ahmed, Vian (2006) A Collaborative Initiative to Deploy Blended Learning Continuing Professional Development in the Construction Industry. In Martinex, Manuel & Scherer, Raimar (Eds.) e-Work and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 13-15 September 2006, Valencia, Spain.

Abstract

The need for continued access and provision to continuing professional development (CPD) has been recognised by the construction sector. However accessing formal CPD opportunities while working full-time in the industry is a challenging undertaking. It is recognised that learning is a complex set of inter-related cognitive processes. 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 integrat-ing e-learning technology in the delivery of these programmes. A collaborative partnership of educational in-stitutions in Europe has come together to develop a framework focused on the lifelong learning needs of pro-fessionals in the construction industry while participants remain in employment. The main objective of this network is to establish a platform where different instructional strategies to accommodate different learning styles and cognitive processes will be developed. Other target groupings include other higher-level institutes outside of the partner institutes and professional and industrial representative bodies in the construction indus-try who may integrate the lessons learned into their programmes. The major anticipated outputs as a result of this initiative are a database of learning resources that may be integrated into CPD learning programmes de-livered in a blended learning format. A methodology to formulate this framework is outlined. Some initial findings are outlined.

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ID Code: 5147
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CPD, Continuing Professional Development
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (The authors)
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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