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Teaching Construction Project Management On Line: A Case Study

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Trends in Construction Engineering II

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10.1198.1 - 10.1198.7



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Wafeek Wahby

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Session 1621

Teaching Construction Project Management On-line: A Case Study

Wafeek Samuel Wahby, Ph.D., B.Th.

Professor, Industrial Technology Program Coordinator Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois


The author transferred one of the courses he teaches at Eastern Illinois University, School of Technology, into a web course for Internet delivery on-line. The course is entitled “Construction Project Management.” This paper compares on-line delivery mode to the traditional face-to-face (F2F) mode and summarizes the steps taken by the author to accomplish this task from start to finish. It includes pedagogical concepts, creating a user friendly web site, difficulties faced and how they were dealt with, system requirements, software utilized, Web Communication Tools “WebCT” application, technical assistance, building a community of learners, course maintenance, assessment and evaluation of the students, and particular on-line applications to a traditionally categorized hands-on Construction Project Management course.

Index Terms: Distance learning, On-line education, Pedagogy, Web Communication Tools “WebCT”.


The road for on-line, or cyber space education opportunities is paved and wide open through the booming computer industry that keeps revolutionizing communication possibilities and information availability, coupled with various daily life pressures on traditional as well as non-traditional students.

For instructors, converting a traditionally taught course into an online course is both an opportunity and a challenge. This could make or break the educational experience of both the students and the instructor. The new delivery method is different and dictates a pedagogical evaluation of the traditional face-to-face (F2F) techniques and course materials. Incorporating the best lectures/exercises/activities from a traditional classroom must be examined and adapted to a different delivery modality. (4)

Sharing ideas, suggestions, considerations, and experiences in converting traditionally taught courses into online versions is very important to create a pool of information and common body of knowledge that enriches all involved.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Wahby, W. (2005, June), Teaching Construction Project Management On Line: A Case Study Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15147

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