p> Integrated project delivery is a rapidly developing approach to design and construction that uses business structures, new technologies and newly developing practices to collaboratively use the talents and contributions of all participants in the design and construction process. This project replicates this approach by creating a collaborative project between the Department of Construction Management and Technology and the Department of Quantity Surveying. The term “collaborative learning” refers to an instruction method in which students at various performance levels work together in small groups towards a common goal. The students are responsible for one another’s learning as well as their own (see Dillenbourg, 1999). The objectives of this collaborative project are to promote interaction between students from different but related courses: enhance students’ ability to think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions as a team:evaluate the benefits of using a virtual learning environment for assessment: examine the benefits of BIM as a tool in feedback.
There are a number of benefits to this project with an emphasis being given to the interaction of the students. The collaborative learning approach provides a format for the students to interact including giving and receiving help, exchanging information and resources, giving and receiving feedback, challenging and encouraging each other, and jointly reflecting on progress. The other perceived benefit is in the use of a virtual learning environment and information communication tools.
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