Lessons learned from a case study in deploying blended learning continuing professional development

John Wall, Vian Ahmed

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    Abstract

    Purpose - This paper seeks to propose a framework for higher education institutions facing the challenge of developing and deploying continuing professional development in the construction industry using a blended learning approach. The focus in on institutions that have not previously engaged in delivery of programmes using a combination of both traditional and distance learning formats. Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on literature on the use of technology in the delivery of lifelong learning, a case analysis of a newly deployed blended learning programme is presented. Findings - This paper illustrates that construction professionals undertaking blended learning programmes can engage with a range of ICT technologies and the integration of these technologies can make for an effective programme. Research limitations/implications - The case study is limited by its small and potentially non-representative sample and should be viewed as a first step in the formulation of a framework for deploying continuing professional development. Originality/value - Professionals in the construction industry who wish to access lifelong learning opportunities face many challenges in trying to access programmes while continuing to meet work and personal commitments. A framework for educational providers to deliver blended lifelong learning in the construction industry based on the analysis of this initiative is put forward.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)185-202
    Number of pages18
    JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Construction industry
    • Continuing professional development
    • E-learning

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