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Title: RS157-1 - Technology-Assisted Learning for the Construction Industry: Recommendations for a CII Course of Acti
Publication Date: 6/1/2000
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 12
The future of education will be enhanced by online technology and the availability of CII education courses via the World Wide Web. This downloadable research summary provides recommendations for a path forward for CII with regard to its own Continuing Education Course program.
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CII education materials, consisting primarily of written lesson plans, are used to train engineering and construction management personnel and others who have a need to understand various facets of the management practices associated with capital facilities programs. These education materials are key to the CII Continuing Education Course programs that are conducted in a traditional classroom setting. Due to lost productivity and the cost of travel for off-site training, however, companies are reducing their use of classroom training. In addition, the pervasive use of computers and other electronic media has created a growing need for quicker delivery of the education material with an emphasis on the technology that is available today.

To investigate how to satisfy this need for information through technology, the CII Education Committee formed the Technology-Assisted Learning (TAL) Research Team. The key objectives of the team were to survey the training industry for trends in the electronic delivery of training materials and to identify opportunities for utilizing this technology in the delivery of CII research to member companies.

Through its study, the research team identified a new format to distribute the educational materials that uses Web-based technology. In addition, the research team identified other technological capabilities that can be used in the near future. This research summary recaps the activities that led to these discoveries.

Subsequent to the research, several members of the research team explored the use of TAL methods in both an Internet environment and the traditional workshop environment. They found that for many of the CII education modules, the Internet phase can deliver the factual content and be followed by a workshop phase, where the training is completed. This arrangement combines the strengths of both methods: the delivery efficiency of the Internet and the learning reinforcement and networking in a workshop environment. Those “path forward” plans are described here as well.

CII has moved quickly to implement the research team's recommendations. The CII Education Committee now is responsible for administering TAL and any associated contracts with providers and for integration of TAL into the existing training development and delivery programs. The research team is convinced that CII could see more widespread implementation of its research results by using technology-assisted learning techniques. The team also believes that CII Best Practices could be more widely adopted through the use of TAL.