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Electronic project simulation in construction management education: eLearning as a means to improve simulation

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Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Electronic project simulation in construction management education: eLearning as a means to improve simulation, International Journal of Excellence in Education, 6, (1) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1993-8675 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Managing construction projects effectively is one of the most important engineering skills in construction management. Limitations of traditional and PBL approaches can be overcome by developing and applying an electronic project simulator based on an appropriate theoretical learning framework and construction management specific requirements.

This paper shows the development of an electronic project simulator written in the Java programming language and its results regarding student feedback in an undergraduate engineering program.

The electronic project simulator has been found to increase student motivation, initiative and learning effectiveness. However, distorted simulation of real life by students of different project parties joining forces and a more shallow learning process by requesting answers from class mates, have been identified as disadvantages. Embedding the electronic simulator in an eLearning framework may be considered an effective solution.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:construction project simulation, electronic learning, Java programming language
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Educational Technology and Computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
ID Code:98054
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2015-01-29
Last Modified:2015-02-13
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