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Effectiveness of Green-BIM Teaching Method in Construction Education Curriculum

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.459.1 - 24.459.11



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Joseph Jinlee Kim P.E. California State University Long Beach

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Jin-Lee Kim, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP BD+C is an Assistant Professor of Dept. of Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Management at California State University, Long Beach. He is a Director of Green Building Information Modeling laboratory at CSULB. He has earned a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, majoring Construction Engineering Management with a minor in Statistics. His research interests include construction engineering and construction management, sustainable design and construction, building information modeling, project management practices, and engineering educational research methods. He is an active member of ASCE and ASEE.

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Effectiveness of Green-BIM Teaching Method in Construction Education CurriculumAbstractThis paper presents the results from an ongoing NSF TUES project that develops a unique andinnovative virtual approach (Green-BIM) to deliver sustainability practices using BuildingInformation Modeling (BIM) technology for undergraduate students and implement it as a newhands-on laboratory- and project-based course in the construction education curriculum. Thedemand for specialists in these two emerging fields is increasing tremendously due to the factthat green buildings education, research, and practice issues are becoming driving forces inacademia and industry. The Green-BIM teaching method provides students with building modelscontaining integrated architectural information to implement sustainability that goes beyond bothconventional 2D solutions using electronic drafting board and 3D modeling for purelyvisualization purposes. Therefore, it is expected that students enhance learning ability ofsustainability through an innovative virtual approach using BIM. The Green-BIM teachingmethod was used to teach a construction management course offered at California StateUniversity, Long Beach. The effectiveness of the Green-BIM teaching method was evaluated bymeans of different assessment tools. In addition to the traditional assessment tools such ashomework, quizzes, tests, exams, lab reports, oral presentations, and projects, a rubricassessment tool was developed and used to evaluate the overall student achievements withrespect to the learning objectives of the course. Once the course of study has been established,the overall expectations are determined through reviewing course-learning objectives, lecturenotes, handouts, and materials collected on assessment strategies. To ensure the overallexpectations are being met, the performance criteria and evaluation methods should beestablished for assessment. The evaluation results indicated that the Green-BIM teaching methodoverall helped students to effectively learn materials. It was found that the Green-BIM teachingmodules provide dynamic representations of knowledge and to increase classroom interactionand students’ personalized learning experience. Overall, the Green-BIM teaching methodpromotes students’ understanding and interest in green construction and sustainability, which canlead to higher student retention rate.

Kim, J. J. (2014, June), Effectiveness of Green-BIM Teaching Method in Construction Education Curriculum Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20350

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