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Even though advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) significantly changed the way professionals in building and construction (BC) industry work, the dominant training method is ...

Even though advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) significantly changed the way professionals in building and construction (BC) industry work, the dominant training method is still the traditional classroom lecture with all its drawbacks.

In response to the demands from the AEC sector to improve and broaden the competence of engineering students in using new technologies while solving specific problems, in 1993 University of Stanford (USA) started an ICT supported distance learning course named Architecture/Engineering/Construction Computer Integrated Global Teamwork Course (AEC Global Teamwork). The mission of the program is to educate the next generation of professionals to be able to work in multi discipline collaborative environments and to take advantage of information technologies to produce high quality products in faster and more economic way.

Positive feedback of the AEC Global Teamwork encouraged other institutions to introduce their own BC oriented distance learning courses, one of them being ITC Euromaster. In autumn 2001, nine European universities started the project in order to develop an inter university postgraduate programme in information technology in construction (ITC).

This paper describes similarities and differences of both approaches, presents results of the survey carried out among participants of both courses, and compares both of them from the students’ point of view.

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  • University of Ljubljana Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering Institute of Civil Enegineering, Earthquake Engineering and Construction IT Chair of Construction Informatics Comparison of distance learning courses: A/E/C Computer Integrated Global Teamwork Course & ITC Euromaster Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si] CIB W78 2007 Maribor – 28. June 2007
  • Overview □ Motivation □ A/E/C Global Teamwork Course □ ITC Euromaster □ Comparison □ Technical comparison □ Questionnaire □ Conclusions □ Questions? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Motivation □ Find similarities & differences □ Get students’ impression on the courses: □ What they think was good. □ Which tools did they find useful. □ Is there something they would change? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • A/E/C Global Teamwork Course □ Stanford University □ Started in 1993 □ Project: □ 4-5 teams □ 6-8 team members □ Team: architect + structural engineers + construction managers + investor □ Each team = personalized project: start  finish CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • ITC Euromaster □ European Master in Construction IT □ Consortium of nine universities □ Started in 2004 □ Lectures on: □ technological aspects □ theoretical aspects □ models (including their functionality) □ processes (including their simulation) CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Comparison A/E/C Global T. ITC Euromaster Audio + Video Application sharing, whiteboard IM system CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Comparison A/E/C Global T. ITC Euromaster “LMS” Think TankTM Asynchronous Think TankTM + + communication Asynchronous lectures / RecallTM --- sessions CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • ITC Euromaster CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • ITC Euromaster CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • A/E/C Global Teamwork Course CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • A/E/C Global Teamwork + Recall CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Survey □ Why? □ impressions of communication technologies used □ experiences and impressions of the course □ impact of the course on the students □  Webswey (www.scix.net) □ Survey population: □ Invited: 18 □ Responded: 15 (83%) □ 8 – A/E/C Global Teamwork □ 7 – ITC Euromaster CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Average age 33 35 25 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 AEC Global Teamwork ITC Euromaster CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Gender of the participants 80% 70% 75% 63% 60% 50% 40% 30% 27% 20% 25% 10% ITC Euromaster 0% AEC Global Teamwork MALE FEMALE CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Question Please, evaluate from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) your knowledge of communication technologies prior to taking this course? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Result 4,0 3,6 3,6 3,5 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 0,0 AEC Global Teamwork ITC Euromaster CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Question Which tool was least known to you prior to taking the course? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Results 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% archive of the audio video instant messaging application sharing forum e-mail lectures (video, other: w iki communication communication audio) AEC Global Teamw ork 0% 50% 0% 25% 13% 0% 13% 0% ITC Euromaster 0% 33% 0% 50% 0% 0% 0% 17% CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Question Which tool did you find most useful taking the course? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Results 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% archive of the instant application audio video forum e-mail lectures (video, other messaging sharing communication communication audio) AEC Global Teamwork 50% 25% 13% 0% 13% 0% 0% 0% ITC Euromaster 0% 43% 29% 14% 0% 0% 14% 0% CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Why? “Because it was the most convenient method to communicate with others.” (audio communication) ITC Euromaster student #6 “Helps in making quick decisions. Avoids lag time of e-mail.” (instant messaging) A/E/C Global Teamwork student #6 “It was the easiest and fastest way to convey a message. It also took the least amount of time to set up.” (instant messaging) A/E/C Global Teamwork student #7 CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Question Which tool did you mostly use during the course? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Results 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% archive of the instant application audio video forum e-mail lectures (video, other messaging sharing communication communication audio) AEC Global Teamwork 50% 0% 25% 0% 13% 13% 0% 0% ITC Euromaster 14% 29% 29% 14% 0% 14% 0% 0% CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Question Did you experience any (technical) problems during the course? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Results 100% 100% 86% 75% 50% 25% 14% 0% 0% NO YES AEC Global Teamwork 0% 100% ITC Euromaster 14% 86% CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • What kind of problems? □ A/E/C Global Teamwork: □ Connection problems. □ Could not host sessions. □ Computers not able to handle multiple software. □ Low bandwidth. □ Stability. □ ITC Euromaster: □ Problems with ClickToMeet. □ Problems with C2M. □ Problems with video in ClicktoMeet. □ …C2M… □ Reliabiliy, bandwidth, video. CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Question What did you, in your opinion, gain from this experience? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Answers: □ “New approach to BC business.” □ “Since our office has spread to two locations we are introducing more IT tools in the office.” □ “I learned what the different types of internet communication are most useful for.” □ “Valuable lessons in working with people with completely different mindsets.” □ “I now know all of the options available for worldwide communication.” CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Conclusions □ Both courses delivered what was promised. □ Technology can still be an issue. □ IM & audio most preferable technologies. □ Lack of modular, centralised system for collaboration. CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]
  • Thank you! Questions? CIB W78 Maribor – 28. June 2007 Robert Klinc [rklinc@itc.fgg.uni-lj.si]