Use of a simulation game in delivering blended lifelong learning in the construction industry - Opportunities and Challenges

John Wall, Vian Ahmed

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    Abstract

    Continuing professional development (CPD) and life-long learning are vital to both individual and organisational success. For higher education, the intensive resource requirements requisite in the development of e-learning content and the challenges in accommodating different learning styles, developing an e-learning program can be a resource intensive exercise. A blended learning program has been developed in Ireland in an attempt to address the CPD needs of Irish construction professionals. This initiative attempts to strike a balance between the considerable resources required in the development of an e-learning initiative while addressing staff concerns in integrating technology in the delivery of programs. This pilot explores the issues encountered in integrating a simulation game, called MERIT, on a module as part of this blended learning program. The key finding from this research indicates that simulation games can play a very effective role in the delivery of lifelong learning opportunities aimed at the construction industry. However, management of the integration of a simulation game into a program requires careful planning, establishing key milestone dates and encouraging online collaboration through assigning of marks for effort and use of voice over IP communications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1383-1393
    Number of pages11
    JournalComputers and Education
    Volume50
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008

    Keywords

    • Computer-mediated communication
    • Learning
    • Lifelong learning
    • Simulation

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