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University’s first online Construction course awarded CIOB International Innovation & Research Award

Architecture and Interiors 17 February 2017

The Digital Construction Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) received the Premier Award for Innovation in Education & Training from the Chartered Institute of Building International Research and Innovation Awards.

The course was run by Tony Burke, Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow, and Rob Garvey, Senior Lecturer, both in the Department of Property & Construction in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

The free five-week course took place in June and July 2016 and attracted over 1000 participants worldwide. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and indicated that the flexible approach to learning was appreciated.

Raising awareness and educating the industry about digital construction represents a significant challenge for the industry and for educators. The course, organised in partnership with The B1M, an online video channel for construction, set out to help practitioners understand the benefits, drivers and enablers of a digital working environment. Participants were offered a collaborative online environment to learn about how they can equip themselves to participate in digital construction.

Speaking about the course, Tony Burke said: “The MOOC was one of those rare occasions when a genuine synergy emerges from collaboration. Rob Garvey’s extensive engagement with the Building Information Modelling (BIM) community, the expertise and resources of Fred Mills at the B1M, and my enthusiasm for the potential of online learning, have combined to produce an innovative approach to raising awareness about digital construction.”

 The Chartered Institute of Building is a global professional body for the construction professions. Full details of all the award winners can be found here.

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