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A Collaborative Learning Method for Construction Project Delivery Methods

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Pedagogical Approaches in Construction Education

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24.29.1 - 24.29.7



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Suat Gunhan University of Texas, San Antonio

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Dr. Gunhan received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently an assistant professor in the department of construction science at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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A Collaborative Learning Method for Construction Project Delivery MethodsDeveloping the understanding of construction project delivery methods is one of the majorobjectives of Construction Management course. This course has been offered by the author forthe last three academic years at the University ………………… The course is lecture based. Thelecture based course usually leans towards being instructor centered. Recognizing this fact, theauthor has developed different strategies every semester to keep the lecture more interactive andstudent centered. The strategies included from group studies to company interviews and classpresentations. According to the author’s personal experiences, traditional homework assignmentsare not as effective as team based assignments in a lecture based management course.Embedding people’s skills requires team based collaborative exercises. In order to enhancestudents’ learning, rather than having traditional homework assignments, different quizassignments have been designed for the course. This semester, the author has decided to comparethe effectiveness of the team based learning method vs. traditional lecture teaching method whencovering the construction project delivery methods. First, the delivery methods are presented in atraditional lecture. Students are also offered the top companies’ lists of Design-Build,Construction Management at Risk, and Construction Management for Fee type of deliverymethods from Engineering News Record (ENR) during the lecture. Later, they are asked to makea group of five people and investigate those companies’ websites in a detailed manner. They aresupposed to find out the reasons why these companies became the leaders in respective projectdelivery methods. They are asked to come up with their own construction company and developan argument for the audience explaining how their company became one of the leaders inrespective project delivery methods. They are also asked to explain their approach (involvement)from initiation to completion of projects by being specific and giving examples of projects fromdifferent industry segments. During presentations, the instructor guides them on presentationskills as well.The team based, collaborative working approach creates interaction among students, enhancescommunication. They enjoy creating together. The results of the evaluation are expected that inaddition to traditional lecture, the team based work study approach enhances the understandingof the project delivery methods; students get the chance to work in a team environment, learn bycollaborating, and develop leadership skills.

Gunhan, S. (2014, June), A Collaborative Learning Method for Construction Project Delivery Methods Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19921

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