Enhancing learning for construction industry professionals with a 4-dimensional digital learning environment

Landorf, Chris, Brewer, Graham, Maund, Kim and Ward, Stephen (2015). Enhancing learning for construction industry professionals with a 4-dimensional digital learning environment. In: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World: Refereed papers from the 38th HERDSA Annual International Conference. HERDSA Annual International Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (279-290). 6-9 July 2015.

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Author Landorf, Chris
Brewer, Graham
Maund, Kim
Ward, Stephen
Title of paper Enhancing learning for construction industry professionals with a 4-dimensional digital learning environment
Conference name HERDSA Annual International Conference
Conference location Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 July 2015
Convener HERDSA
Proceedings title Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World: Refereed papers from the 38th HERDSA Annual International Conference
Place of Publication Milperra, NSW, Australia
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9780908557967
ISSN 1441-001X
Volume 38
Start page 279
End page 290
Total pages 12
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Work-integrated learning has been suggested as a means to apply and learn disciplinary knowledge and skills in a real-world context. Tensions exist, however, between opportunities afforded by the workplace and the demands of placing large student cohorts in that workplace while ensuring equitable learning experiences and pedagogical rigour. This suggests there are opportunities to explore alternative approaches to providing the benefits of work-integrated learning through simulated real-life contexts. This paper reports on preliminary results from an Office for Learning and Teaching funded project that investigates this issue. The project involves the development of an interactive multidisciplinary digital learning environment based on time-lapse 3-dimensional (4D) photographic images and other resources associated with the design and construction of the University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building. The 4-dimensional environment provides a realistic context for a variety of immersive learning scenarios designed to facilitate a flow of learning experiences that deepen conceptual thinking and enhance critical judgement. An initial learning environment prototype has been trialled and assessed using observational studies and informal feedback mechanisms. In an action learning process, trial results will be fed back into further pilot studies of the environment in 2015. Results indicate that the 4-dimensional learning environment is flexible in terms of its use across different learning activities and disciplines, and that it enhances the learning experience in terms of developing observation, reflection and collaboration skills.
Keyword Digital learning environments
Immersive learning scenarios
Construction industry
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://herdsa-2015.p.asnevents.com.au/days/2015-07-08/abstract/22569

 
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