Digital Construction - University of WestminsterBlackboard
What you'll learn on the course
Aims and learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the implications of digital construction for you, for your organisations, and for the industry as a whole. Whether you have worked in the industry for forty years, or you are a student at the start of your career, we hope to demystify digital construction.
By fully engaging with the course, you will be able to:
- Explain what digital construction is
- Describe the benefits, enablers and drivers of a digital working environment
- Identify situations in which digital construction could improve current practice
- Identify challenges to adopting digital practices in construction
- Recognise how you can equip yourself to participate in digital construction
How will the MOOC work?
Enrolling on this MOOC (massive, open, online course) gives you free access to all the course materials, and entitles you to participate, with no obligation,in all the course activities. Over four weeks you will have the opportunity to respond to questions and scenarios, reflect on current practices, and plan how you will implement changes.
In Week 1 we will consider the current state of play in the construction industry and look at the potential for improvement. In Weeks 2 and 3 we will examine ways in which digital technologies can provide opportunities for improving our efficiency and effectiveness. We will collaborate with each other, make suggestions and give each other feedback. Finally, in Week 4, we will apply what we have learned to our own context and develop plans to implement changes in our working practices.
You will have access to professionally produced resources, including video content and text-based materials to support your learning. However, you should be aware that the course is not a formal online training course, nor is it designed to teach you how to produce 3D models or use various software packages. The focus is on your participation, and most of your learning will take place through engagement with other participants on the discussion forum and via other social media channels. There will also be an optional, short, multiple-choice quiz available each week as a check on your learning.
The course can be comfortably completed by devoting three to four hours each week to it. However, it is entirely up to you how much time you spend. There is no fixed timetable each week, and you can decide when and where you participate. If you only want to dip into the course occasionally, you are free to do so.
None, but some basic familiarity with construction industry practices will be helpful. You should be enthusiastic about construction and have a desire to improve the industry.
No formal academic credit but completion of all of the activities on the course will entitle you to claim an Open Badge.
Who is running the course?
The course is being hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster in London, working in partnership with The B1M.