Bridging the gap between academia and industry using blended learning - Reflections from an Irish initiative

Wall, J. (2008) Bridging the gap between academia and industry using blended learning - Reflections from an Irish initiative. [Conference Proceedings]

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The need for continuing professional development (CPD) and the benefits of continued learning are recognised by both the construction industry and higher-level institutions. Lifelong learning programmes aimed at people in the workplace must be suited to their particular needs. There are a number of challenges facing higher-level institutions and the construction industry in bridging the gap between industry and higher-level institutions in addressing CPD needs of construction professionals. Coupled with these issues around CPD there are a variety of technology levels, tools, frameworks and architecture systems available to the developer of a CPD programme. To bridge the gap between industry and academia each must embrace new and challenging roles. Higher level educational institutions can use these technologies to address CPD needs of construction professional. How various technologies were integrated as part of a blended learning programme in Waterford Institute of Technology is outlined. © RICS.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Blended learning; CPD; e-learning; Technology; Construction professionals; Continuing professional development; Educational institutions; Life long learning; Construction; Construction industry; Societies and institutions; Surveying
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