Use of Simulation Through BIM-Enabled Virtual Projects to Enhance Learning and Soft Employability Skills in Architectural Technology Education

Gledson, Barry and Dawson, Susan (2017) Use of Simulation Through BIM-Enabled Virtual Projects to Enhance Learning and Soft Employability Skills in Architectural Technology Education. In: Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 79-92. ISBN 9783319503455

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Abstract

Traditional teacher-led methods in higher education such as the customary use of lectures can result in passive learning behaviour being adopted by students. Academic theorists consider alternative approaches that encourage active learning more desirable. This paper reports on the use of a simulated virtual project designed to introduce project-based learning into the classroom environment. Over a two-day duration, several pairs of second year undergraduate Architectural Technology students developed competing designs across multiple pre-determined work stages. Starting from an initial strategy briefing, students were able to rapidly progress through to a more developed design stage because of the use of BIM technology and processes. Data were collected from participants to measure perceptions of the various areas of learning and skills development that had occurred because of their participation in the virtual project. Findings indicate that students believe they had gained greater depth of subject understanding and developed a range of personal, inter-personal, self-management and initiative and delivery skills. The conclusion is that further introduction of project-based learning via simulation using virtual projects could be of high value across a range of built environment programmes taught across the higher education sector.

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Additional Information: 1) Earlier version first included in conference proceedings: Gledson, B.J. and Dawson, S (2016) ‘Use of simulation through BIM-enabled Virtual Projects to enhance learning and soft employability skills in Architectural Technology education’. In Gorse, C and Dastbaz, M (Eds) International SEEDS Conference, 14th-15th September 2016, Leeds Beckett University, UK, Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society.  2) This work won the following prizes: a) the 'CIOB Best Academic Paper Award', and b) the SEEDS 2016 'BIM Award'.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Building Information Modelling, Employability, Project-based learning, Virtual Projects
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
K100 Architecture
K200 Building
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Barry Gledson
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 08:28
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 09:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30623

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