Use of Simulation Through BIM-Enabled Virtual Projects to Enhance Learning and Soft Employability Skills in Architectural Technology Education

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Abstract

Traditional teacher-led methods in higher education such as the customary use of lectures can result in passive learning behaviour being adopted by students. Academic theorists consider alternative approaches that encourage active learning more desirable. This paper reports on the use of a simulated virtual project designed to introduce project-based learning into the classroom environment. Over a two-day duration, several pairs of second year undergraduate Architectural Technology students developed competing designs across multiple pre-determined work stages. Starting from an initial strategy briefing, students were able to rapidly progress through to a more developed design stage because of the use of BIM technology and processes. Data were collected from participants to measure perceptions of the various areas of learning and skills development that had occurred because of their participation in the virtual project. Findings indicate that students believe they had gained greater depth of subject understanding and developed a range of personal, inter-personal, self-management and initiative and delivery skills. The conclusion is that further introduction of project-based learning via simulation using virtual projects could be of high value across a range of built environment programmes taught across the higher education sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction
EditorsMohammad Dastbaz, Chris Gorse, Alice Moncaster
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages79-92
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319503455
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2017

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