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)

[img] Text
Wall and Ahmed 2008 Lessons learned from a case study in deploying blended learning continuing professional development.pdf

Download (279kB)
Official URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0...

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :9; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Wall, J.; Department of Construction and Civil Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland; email: jwall@wit.ie; References: Alexander, S., E-learning developments and experiences (2001) Education and Training, 43 (45), pp. 240-8; Andreas, H., Multimedia, information complexity and cognitive processing (2004) Information Resources Management Journal, 17 (1), pp. 63-74; Statistics Office, C., (2006) Construction and Housing in Ireland, , Stationery Office Dublin; Clarey, J., (2007) The Real Story: Blended Learning, , www.brandon-hall.com/publications/blendedlearning/blendedlearning.shtml, accessed 27 July; Condia, R., Livingston, K., Blending online learning with traditional approaches: Changing practices (2007) British Journal of Educational Technology, 38 (2), pp. 337-48; (2004) Studies in the Context of the e-learning Initiative: Virtual Models of European Universities (Lot1), , DG Education & Culture (European Commission), draft final report to the EU Commission, available at: www.elearningeuropa.info/index.php?page= doc&docid=5082&doclng=1 (accessed 15 January 2005); Egan, J., (1998) Rethinking Construction: The Report of the Construction Task Force to the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, on the Scope for Improving the Quality and Efficiency of UK Construction, , Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London; Ellis, R., Thorpe, T., Wood, G., E-learning for project management (2003) Proceedings of ICE, Civil Engineering, 156, pp. 137-41; Ellis, R., Wood, G., Thorpe, T., Technology-based learning and project management (2004) Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 11 (5), pp. 358-65; Forfas, (2003) The demand and supply of engineers and engineering technicians, , expert group on future skills needs report to the Tanaiste, and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Minister for Education and Science, Dublin; Garrison, D.R., Kanuka, H., Blended learning: Uncovering its transformative potential in higher education (2004) Internet and Higher Education, 7, pp. 95-105; Harden, R.M., Myths and e-learning (2002) Medical Teacher, 24 (5), pp. 469-72; Harvey, B., Beards, D., E-learning in Scottish further and higher education (2004) Education + Training, 46 (67), pp. 353-60; Ismail, J., The design of an e-learning system: Beyond the hype (2002) Internet and Higher Education, 4, pp. 329-36; Kosak, L., Manning, D., Dobson, E., Rogerson, L., Cotnam, S., Colaric, S., McFadden, C., Prepared to teach online? Perspectives of faculty in the University of North Carolina System (2004) Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 7 (3). , available at: www.westga.edu/%7Edistance/ojdla/fall73/kosak73.html (accessed 3 November); Latham, M., (1994) Construction: The Team Joint Review of Procurement and Contractual Arrangements in the United Kingdom Construction Industry, , HMSO London; Levine, A., Sun, J., (2002) Barriers to distance education, , Center for Policy Analysis, American Council on Education, Washington, DC, available at: http://acenet.edu/bookstore (accessed 17 January 2005); Martyn, M., The Hybrid Online Model: Good practice (2003) Educause Quarterly, (1), pp. 18-23; Mitchell, A., Honore, S., Criteria for successful blended learning (2007) Industrial and Commercial Training, 39 (3), pp. 143-9; Pailing, M., E-learning: Is it really the best thing since sliced bread? (2002) Industrial and Commercial Training, 34 (4), pp. 151-5; Romiszowski, A., How's the e-learning baby? Factors leading to success or failure of an education technology innovation (2004) Education Technology, pp. 5-48; Rossett, A., Douglis, F., Frazee, R., (2003) Strategies for building blended learning, , available at: www.learningcircuits.org/2003/jul2003/rossett.htm (accessed 5 October 2004); Stubbs, M., Martin, I., Endlar, L., The structuration of blended learning: Putting holistic design principles into practice (2006) British Journal of Educational Technology, 37 (2), pp. 163-75; Voci, E., Young, K., Blended learning in a leadership development programme (2001) Industrial and Commercial Training, 33 (5), pp. 157-60; Vrasidas, C., Zembylas, M., Online professional development: Lessons from the field (2004) Education + Training, 46 (67), pp. 326-34; Wall, J., Ahmed, V., (2004) E-Learning and pedagogical challenges in construction management: Bridging the gap between academia and industry, , 20th Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM, Edinburgh, September, pp. 603-613; Wall, J., Ahmed, V., Use of a simulation game in delivering blended lifelong learning in the construction industry - Opportunities and challenges (2007) Computers and Education, , DOI:10.1016/j.compedu.2006.12.012; Wall, J., Ahmed, V., Hurst, A., Garrecht, H., Luckey, A., McNamee, F., Kanoglu, A., (2006) Evolving a framework for technology facilitated CPD for construction management: A European initiative, , paper presented at Irish Learning and Teaching Association 7th Annual Conference, Institute of Technology, Sligo, 25-26 May; Zemsky, R., Massy, W., (2004) Thwarted innovation: What happened to e-learning and why, , a final report for The Weatherstation Project of The Learning Alliance at the University of Pennsylvania in cooperation with the Thomson Corporation, available at: http://kn.open.ac.uk/public/document.cfm?docid=5166%20 (accessed 16 August 2006); Zhang, D., Zhao, L., Lina, Z., Jr, N.J., Can e-learning replace classroom learning? (2004) Communications of the ACM, 47 (5), pp. 74-9. , May; Wall, J., Ahmed, V., Smit, D., Addressing the lifelong learning needs of construction professionals using technology facilitated learning (2006) Journal of Education in the Built Environment, 1 (2), pp. 57-69
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

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year