Evolution of the new construction classroom

Allan Chasey, Heather Ciszczon, Arundhati Ghosh, Lisa Hogle

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Abstract

The Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) at Arizona State University has taken the initiative to transform the curriculum by evolving a method of instruction that includes more collaborative hands-on instructional methods. Courses taught in a traditional classroom setting are useful but not always the best learning environment. Transitioning to a collaborative method of teaching has transformed the physical layout of the classroom; in lieu of rows of desks and chairs, a Virtual Construction and Collaboration Lab (VC2L) was developed. The space planning program for the VC2L called for features that would stimulate group work and conversations with supporting tools and technology. Based on a literature review, VC2L was developed as a pod-based scenario, with movable furniture allowing for changing the environment for the particular task. In the VC2L classroom, collaboration takes the form of group assignments centered on virtual construction activities. Utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM), current leading edge technology within the construction industry, a digital representation of a project is provided to the students allows input and extraction of project information by the group. This paper summarizes the process of the methodical change in the undergraduate construction curriculum while addressing the design of the new construction classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIMETI 2012 - 5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, Proceedings
Pages19-23
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, IMETI 2012 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2012Jul 20 2012

Publication series

NameIMETI 2012 - 5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, Proceedings

Other

Other5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, IMETI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/17/127/20/12

Keywords

  • BIM
  • Collaboration
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Virtual construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Chasey, A., Ciszczon, H., Ghosh, A., & Hogle, L. (2012). Evolution of the new construction classroom. In IMETI 2012 - 5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, Proceedings (pp. 19-23). (IMETI 2012 - 5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation, Proceedings).