Issues in developing a blended learning initiative to meet continuing professional development needs of construction professionals in Ireland

Wall, J. and Ahmed, V. (2005) Issues in developing a blended learning initiative to meet continuing professional development needs of construction professionals in Ireland. [Conference Proceedings]

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The need for continuing professional development (CPD) in both the UK and Ireland has been recognised by the construction sector. All individuals learn in different ways from listening, watching, questioning, doing and helping others to learn. Lifelong learning programmes aimed at people in the workplace must be suited to their particular needs. When addressing learning needs using technology, management, staff and technical support in higher-level institutes face new challenges and are required to make new decisions. Higher-level institutes are at different stages of technology deployment in addressing learning needs. A concern for all involved in these undertaking is the cost of deploying content to be delivered online. On-line higher education learning is part of the growing trend in lifelong learning. The academic issues that need to be considered in developing an e-learning environment to promote the learning of construction professionals and bridge the gap between industry and academia are outlined. A proposed blended learning initiative to meet CPD needs in the Irish construction industry is discussed. The structure of this new blended approach is outlined.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
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Uncontrolled Keywords: CPD; E-learning; Learning; Lifelong; Technology; Blended approach; Blended learning; Construction professionals; Construction sectors; Continuing professional development; E-learning environment; Higher education; Ireland; Life long learning; Stages of technologies; Technical support; Construction industry; Project management; Construction
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 18:48
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 17:43

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