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Teaching Collaborative Skills Through an Interdisciplinary Design CompetitionAs educators we recognize the importance of preparing students for the interdisciplinarycollaboration they will face in their professional careers. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is theemerging project delivery method of the time and is often accompanied by the use of BuildingInformation Modeling (BIM). Construction management programs across the nation haveadapted to the changing industry needs and trends by incorporating IPD and BIM into existingcourses or creating new courses. Although educating students about the differences between IPDand other more traditional project delivery methods is seemingly straightforward, teaching thecollaborative skills needed for IPD is difficult, especially when students lack the discipline-specific expertise upon which IPD relies. These educational challenges make the relationshipbetween industry and academia of utmost importance.This paper will explain the process and outcome of the fourth year of an annual, industry-sponsored design competition. The competition is intended to foster interdisciplinarycollaboration among students in their fourth year of study, students who will soon be entering thejob market. During the two-week competition, students from architecture, construction, graphicdesign and interior design work in groups to prepare a proposal addressing the needs of a client.The competition concludes with student presentations and the selection and ranking of the topthree teams by the industry sponsor.Qualitative and quantitative data was collected from the students in the form of an online surveycompleted at the outset and conclusion of the competition. The surveys are used to measure thestudents’ knowledge and perception of IPD, and how that knowledge and perception changedthroughout the collaborative competition. The paper will also include an overview of the threeprior years of the competition as a reflection of lessons learned and improvements made to thecompetition format to improve student outcomes.
Herrmann, M. M., & Miller, L. N., & Gregory, A., & Powney, J. S. (2015, June), Teaching Collaborative Skills Through an Interdisciplinary Design Competition Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24807
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