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Successful Academic Partnership in the Development of an International Construction Practices Course

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2015 ASEE International Forum

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Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session I

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International Forum

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10

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19.32.1 - 19.32.10

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https://peer.asee.org/17155

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Edward J. Jaselskis North Carolina State University

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Dr. Edward Jaselskis is the Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He was educated at the University of Illinois, receiving a BS in general engineering in 1980, an SM in civil engineering (emphasis in construction engineering and project management) from MIT in 1982, and a PhD in civil engineering (emphasis in construction engineering and project management) from the University of Texas-Austin in 1988. Between the period of his MS and PhD studies, he worked for ExxonMobil as a cost and schedule engineer in New Jersey and field engineer on an open pit coal mine project in Colombia, South America. He has also worked for Perkins and Will, an architectural engineering firm, as an electrical designer and Bechtel, international construction company, as a civil field engineer.

Dr. Jaselskis has served as a program director for the National Science Foundation in the area of information technology and infrastructure systems and director for the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute and professor-in-charge of the construction program at Iowa State University.

He has conducted research in the areas of construction project success and advanced information technologies with funding provided by federal (National Cooperative Highway Research Program and National Science Foundation), state (Iowa DOT), and industrial sponsors (Weitz, Western Summit, and the Construction Industry Institute. He is currently working on the use of RFID technology to provide continuous tracking of personnel on a construction site and investigating the determinants of construction project success on complex projects.

Dr. Jaselskis is a registered professional engineer in the State of Iowa and has memberships in several organizations (American Society of Civil Engineering, Construction Institute, Transportation Research Board, American Society for Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, and National Society of Professional Engineers). He is also a member of the National Academy of Construction.

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Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez Colorado State University

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Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. He is committed to advancing research and teaching in the sustainability of infrastructure projects. He believes that educating the next generation of professionals will play a pivotal role in making sustainability a standard practice.

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Satyanarayana N. Kalidindi

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Linda D. Krute North Carolina State University

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Director, Distance Engineering Education, Programs at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. since 2002. Previously served as the Associate Director of the Office of Continuing Engineering Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for 14 years and as a high school, community college and university professor. Dr. Krute's BS, MS, MACE and PhD degrees were related to the areas of vocational education, teacher education, and adult education.

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Hongling Guo Tsinghua University

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David Comiskey Ulster University

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David Comiskey is a lecturer in Architectural Technology at Ulster University and has a keen interest in technology enhanced learning, winning a number of awards for his work. His other research interests include using the Building Information Modelling (BIM) process as a way of encouraging and fostering collaborative learning. He has presented and published research in both areas.

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Dede M Nelson North Carolina State University

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As an instructional designer, Dede Nelson, M.Ed., works collaboratively with engineering faculty to help identify and facilitate the effective integration of instructional technology and strategies that enhance the learning experience for today’s engineering students. Economic globalization, advances in technology, and increasing demands by accrediting bodies are influences causing engineering educators to reconsider many of the traditional models for the design and delivery of engineering education. A broad range of expertise is required for best results, and leveraging the use of library resources, working with instructional designers, and taking advantage of copyright experts, media specialists, and centralized IT support are often necessary for innovative course offerings such as the one described in this article.

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Abstract

Successful Academic Partnership in the Development of an International Construction Practices CourseAs in many other industries, globalization is having a significant impact on engineeringeducation and the construction industry. In some cases, major projects require the contributionsof virtual global teams made up of members located around the world. These teams oftenfunction across multiple time zones, multiple cultures, and sometimes multiple languages. Theyalso can take place synchronously or asynchronously. The challenge of working effectively withmulticultural teams will continue to grow in importance. Students graduating fromengineering/construction programs need to be functional in this global environment. To addressthis need, this paper discusses a successful partnership among several international universitiesto develop a construction practices course designed to prepare engineers for the globalworkforce. The course specifically focuses on sharing global construction engineering andmanagement practices and includes partnerships primarily with universities located in the U.S.,China, India, Canada, and Chinese Taipei and has been offered twice thus far.Development of this course involved not only esteemed internationally known faculty andprofessionals in the field of civil engineering from countries such as Germany, Ireland, Panama,Singapore, and South Africa. In addition, the course involved professionals in other fieldsincluding librarians with special copyright expertise, engineering distance education programadministration, strong teaching assistant support, video communication experts, and aninstructional designer. Students are presented with a critical body of knowledge related tointernational construction management practices (e.g., bidding/procurement, safety, finance,leadership, communications, legal aspects, dispute resolution, and sustainability) and develop anappreciation for designing and building projects in a multinational, multicultural, andmultilingual environment. Content is delivered using a combination of live and pre-recordedlectures or presentations.Development challenges confronted by the leadership team pertained to planning and logisticalissues (e.g., identifying partnership opportunities with international institutions, addressingdifferent semester schedules and time zones, determining appropriate content, identifyingsuitable domain experts, addressing intellectual property rights, and securing the necessaryfunding) and technology issues (e.g., working with different technology platforms and teachingin both synchronous and asynchronous modes). Feedback from students and faculty has beenpositive for both offerings of this course and there is anticipation of future offerings as well.Particularly, engineering students gained tremendous knowledge about construction practicesand issues in other countries and got a taste of what it will be like when they work in the realworld and are faced with communication issues on multi-national teams. Support staffs at allinstitutions were challenged by the demands of this course and rose to the occasion, therebyincreasing their internal capabilities. The significance of this paper is to provide lessons learnedto help others better understand the challenges of developing a successful partnership amongmultiple international universities.

Jaselskis, E. J., & Valdes-Vasquez, R., & Kalidindi, S. N., & Krute, L. D., & Guo, H., & Comiskey, D., & Nelson, D. M. (2015, June), Successful Academic Partnership in the Development of an International Construction Practices Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17155

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