Learning about IT and learning using IT - A review of current practice on Higher Education AEC Programmes in Ireland

Thomas, Ken and Graham, Brian and Wall, John (2007) Learning about IT and learning using IT - A review of current practice on Higher Education AEC Programmes in Ireland. In: “Bringing“Bringing ITC knowledge to work” - 24th W78 Conference Maribor 2007 & 5th ITCEDU Workshop & 14th EG-ICE Workshop, 26-29 June 2007, Maribor, Slovenia.

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There is a debate concerning the appropriate extent, content and delivery of IT education for AEC programmes. The aim of the research work described in this paper was to generate information to assist the debate, specifically in Ireland, but the results and conclusions may also be of relevance to other countries. A survey of the relevant Heads of Academic Departments in the Universities and Institutes of Technology was carried out in June 2006 with a response rate of 89%. The context to this survey has been the relatively unique development of Ireland over the past ten years (population, economy, IT, construction industry, and higher education) in comparison to other European countries. The recent implementation of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and its relationship with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for lifelong learning is also an important contextual issue for this research. The survey results include the range of specific software training on the AEC programmes, as well as the extent of inclusion of basic IT training, understanding how computers work, understanding and writing computer programmes, consideration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). A further interesting feature of the survey has been the identification of the record number of students on higher education AEC programmes in Ireland.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments or Groups: Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre
Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre > Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
Divisions: School of Engineering > Department of Construction and Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Ken Thomas
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2007 12:54
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25
URI: http://repository-testing.wit.ie/id/eprint/516

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