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An E-learning Portal for Construction Studies

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An E-learning Portal for Construction Studies

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An E-learning Portal for Construction Studies

  1. 1. An E-Learning Portal for construction studies resources Alan Muxlow
  2. 2. The who what when where how and why of an E-Portal Resource ? <ul><li>Who for? – academic staff </li></ul><ul><li>What is it? – teaching resource for construction </li></ul><ul><li>When wanted? – ASAP </li></ul><ul><li>Where used? – accredited polytechnics </li></ul><ul><li>How a accessed? – through an electronic portal </li></ul><ul><li>Why have it? – common sense </li></ul>
  3. 3. Teaching Yesterday <ul><li>Grey hairs </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants to the digital age </li></ul><ul><li>Survived by a sense of humour </li></ul><ul><li>However, we have come a long way ? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teaching Today <ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Greater technology in communications </li></ul><ul><li>Push for higher standards </li></ul><ul><li>Changing technical details </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications and up-skilling essential </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on working together </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance of continuous change </li></ul>
  5. 5. Learning Tomorrow <ul><li>We have already started </li></ul><ul><li>Online repository </li></ul><ul><li>It can only be improved </li></ul><ul><li>Improvements need finance, control and maintainenance </li></ul><ul><li>… . and such a project needs a launch platform as a catalyst </li></ul>
  6. 6. Current construction industry <ul><li>Changing technology/products </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in Legislation & Regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications/licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of skills available </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental issues </li></ul><ul><li>Industry support for up-skilling </li></ul>
  7. 7. What’s behind the portal look? <ul><li>Construction is a picture industry </li></ul><ul><li>The content industry-focused </li></ul><ul><li>Easy access linked to subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Use of a Virtual Reality Office access </li></ul>
  8. 8. Contents include <ul><li>Training links to on-line courses </li></ul><ul><li>Construction documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Data for construction procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Office manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Video clips of various site operations </li></ul><ul><li>Links to commercial products </li></ul>
  9. 9. Future content could include.. <ul><li>All units developed on line </li></ul><ul><li>Links to site surveillance cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Time sequenced events </li></ul><ul><li>Free ‘education only’ resources </li></ul><ul><li>CAD drawing storage </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly updates </li></ul>
  10. 10. … and examples such as <ul><li>Full project details </li></ul><ul><li>Practical fixing demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>How to sketch video </li></ul><ul><li>Real life experience journey </li></ul>
  11. 11. And student access? <ul><li>Students could gain limited access to contents in this virtual office. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Portal Operational Structure ITPNZ with a designated GATEKEEPER BCITO INFRATRAIN IINDUSTRY POLYTECHNICS ????
  13. 13. Role of the Gate Keeper <ul><li>To initiate & facilitate the development </li></ul><ul><li>To maintain the portal </li></ul><ul><li>To set the benchmark & maintain the level of technical content </li></ul><ul><li>To keep the resource current </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resource Funding <ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government/ITPNZ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polytechnics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ITO’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual retainer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Per student capita </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polytechnics </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Support to date <ul><li>BCITO </li></ul><ul><li>InfraTrain </li></ul><ul><li>UNITEC </li></ul><ul><li>Otago Polytechnic </li></ul><ul><li>ITPNZ? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Where to from here? <ul><li>Gain universal support </li></ul><ul><li>Financial commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Planned implementation </li></ul><ul><li>A launch platform as a catalyst </li></ul><ul><li>… and now discussion time </li></ul>
  17. 17. Discussion topics <ul><li>Parties involved & financing </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of Portal & intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Gatekeeper and currency of content </li></ul><ul><li>Suitability/real use for the face-to-face lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul>

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