A collaborative initiative to deploy blended learning continuing professional development in the construction industry

Wall, J. and Smit, D. and Ahmed, V. (2006) A collaborative initiative to deploy blended learning continuing professional development in the construction industry. [Conference Proceedings]

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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 enterprise. 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 integrating e-learning technology in the delivery of these programmes. A collaborative partnership of educational institutions in Europe has come together to develop a framework focused on the lifelong learning needs of professionals 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 industry 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 delivered in a blended learning format. A methodology to formulate this framework is outlined. Some initial findings are outlined. © 2006 Taylor & Francis Group.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction industry; E-learning; Internet; Multimedia systems; Professional aspects; Blended learning; Cognitive process; Collaborative partnerships; Construction professionals; Construction sectors; Continuing Professional Development; E-learning technologies; Educational institutions; Higher educations; Instructional strategies; Learning resources; Learning styles; Lessons learned; Life-long learning; Education
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/3822

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