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The Road to Creating, Evaluating and Changing a BIM Learning Environment

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Innovative Teaching in Architectural Engineering

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25.1335.1 - 25.1335.9



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Blythe Marlow Vogt Kansas State University

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Blythe Marlow Vogt joined the faculty in architectural engineering & construction science and management at Kansas State University in Jan. 2008. She received her B.S.A.E. from K-State in 2001 and completed her M.S.A.E. from K-State in 2010 related to curriculum development in architectural engineering and construction science with regards to building information modeling. Vogt is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering with an emphasis in engineering education/outreach under the supervision of Dr. Noel Schulz. During 2001-2008, Vogt was employed full-time with Affiliated Engineers, Inc., a nationally recognized engineering consulting firm in Madison, Wis., where she held several roles, including Project Manager, Project Engineer, Commissioning Agent, Conference Speaker, and Business Development/Planner. She also collaborated with the University of Wisconsin, Construction Engineering & Management, as an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching one course each fall semester related to building systems from 2002-2007. Vogt was awarded the 2008 National Electrical Contractors Association Faculty Award for her instruction and mentoring of construction science students in CNS535 – Electrical & Lighting, a course focused on the electrical exposure and education of future construction professionals.

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The Road to Creating, Evaluating and Changing a BIM Learning EnvironmentArchitecture, engineering and construction (AEC) undergraduate programs continue to grapplewith the task of developing meaningful learning environments that allow students to explorebuilding information technologies in undergraduate course work. There are significantlydiffering approaches by universities and departments in the United States on how best tointroduce and reinforce building information modeling (BIM) concepts and tools. This paperwill review one university’s continuing efforts to address the requests of industry advisorycouncil members to produce high functioning AEC graduates with BIM knowledge and skillsets.By reflecting on the “Lessons Learned” of the iterative process of creating, evaluating andmodifying an undergraduate elective, “Introduction to Revit®”, over seven semesters, this paperwill document and reflect on the experiential knowledge of faculty, administrators and students.Additionally it will capture the process and progress made to develop and improve BIM learningenvironments.Key components discussed in this paper will include:Where we’ve been,  Industry support of a BIM (Revit®) course to augment resume skills of undergraduates  Industry seminars with exposure to BIM collaboration in the AEC marketplace  How to capitalize correctly on the strong industry partnerships with Autodesk Educational Specialists  Creation of a pilot on-campus course  Evaluating the on-campus course delivery and learning environment  Modifying the on-campus course to an on-line learning environment  Identifying the challenges of on-line learning for technology based courses for differing personal learning styles  Assessment of student evaluations of current on-line learning environment  Student and faculty feedback on modifying the current learning environmentsWhere we now,  Literature reviews and personal interviews with other university faculty’s approaches to BIM learning environments  Revisions to on-line learning course “Introduction to Revit®” based on findings from previous offerings and student/faculty feedback  Newly identified emphasis on students taking and passing the Autodesk Revit Architecture ® Associate certification examStill on the horizon,  Thoughtful reflection and suggestions as to where to go with the next iteration of BIM learning environments

Vogt, B. M. (2012, June), The Road to Creating, Evaluating and Changing a BIM Learning Environment Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22092

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