‘BIM-Hub’ – A learning hub for international problem-based learning
- The Project
- Explore an innovative approach to international problem-based learning in the Built Environment (BE) education using a real-time online collaboration platform, in order to enhance employability skills.
- Demonstrate and test methods, practices, technologies to support the international collaboration using Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform.
- Final year students from Loughborough, Coventry and Ryerson (Toronto) Universities form multidisciplinary design teams and use BIM to develop a building scheme in the initial stages of design.
- Develop a guidance of effective practice for international collaboration in BIM and to disseminate the findings via BIM-Hub website.
- Anticipated Impact
- The project has the potential for large-scale impact:
- Guidance and lessons learnt from the virtual teamworking process and the organisation of international collaboration, via website.
- The basis of a community of learning for a large number of educators and students.
- Wider adoption of the approach within curricula of BE courses across the globe.
- Redefine the collaboration within a real-time online platform, with a far-reaching impact on construction education and industry practice and policy, particularly in supporting businesses become BIM level 3 compliant.
- Focus groups/ interviews with all three participating universities, reviewing their experience of collaboration and barriers and factors promoting success.
- Pre- and post-implementation questionnaires, looking at experience of online collaboration, relevant technologies motivation and employability.
- Recordings of virtual meetings held in GoToMeeting, viewing students’ improvement in collaboration, use of technology.
- Personal reflections from students and staff involved.
- Interim Findings
- Empirical evidence gathered so far:
- Improved project management skills of participating students.
- 17% increase of student satisfaction level from the previous year.
- Analysis of data has identified:
- Factors that support and impede students’ learning, collaboration and interaction in various online environments.
- Interim models for learning in online collaborative learning .
Project website created, Project Twitter account established, blogs from academic staff set up
Webinar - 26th February 2014, in conjunction with ELESIG.
HEA seminar, Social Media, Changing the Learning Landscape, 24 April 2014, University of Warwick.
Workshop – CHOBE Innovation in BE Education Annual Conference, 15-16 May 2014, Nottingham Trent University.
HEA STEM workshop, 22 May 2014, University of Salford.
Paper presentation at the EDEN Annual Conference, 10-13 June 2014 in Zagreb (Croatia).
Workshop – HEA Annual Conference on 2-3 July 2014 in Aston University, Birmingham.
Paper presentation at the 8th International Conference on e-Learning 2014, 15 -18 July, Lisbon (Portugal).
Loughborough University: Robby Soetanto, Mark Childs, Jacqui Glass, Zulfikar Adamu
Coventry University: Stephen Austin
Ryerson University: Paul Poh, Dmitri Knyazev
Project evaluator: Harry Tolley, Helen MacKenzie