Lessons learned from a case study in deploying blended learning continuing professional development

Wall, J. and Ahmed, V. (2008) Lessons learned from a case study in deploying blended learning continuing professional development. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 15 (2). pp. 185-202. ISSN 09699988 (ISSN)

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Purpose - This paper seeks to propose a framework for higher education institutions facing the challenge of developing and deploying continuing professional development in the construction industry using a blended learning approach. The focus in on institutions that have not previously engaged in delivery of programmes using a combination of both traditional and distance learning formats. Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on literature on the use of technology in the delivery of lifelong learning, a case analysis of a newly deployed blended learning programme is presented. Findings - This paper illustrates that construction professionals undertaking blended learning programmes can engage with a range of ICT technologies and the integration of these technologies can make for an effective programme. Research limitations/implications - The case study is limited by its small and potentially non-representative sample and should be viewed as a first step in the formulation of a framework for deploying continuing professional development. Originality/value - Professionals in the construction industry who wish to access lifelong learning opportunities face many challenges in trying to access programmes while continuing to meet work and personal commitments. A framework for educational providers to deliver blended lifelong learning in the construction industry based on the analysis of this initiative is put forward. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction industry; Continuing professional development; E-learning; Drawing (graphics); Education; Societies and institutions; Access programmes; Learning systems
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 20:41
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 17:47
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3820

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