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U.S. Construction Management Students' Comfort Level With and Knowledge of Mobile Technologies

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Mobile and Emerging Technologies in Construction

Tagged Division

Construction

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

26.1612.1 - 26.1612.10

DOI

10.18260/p.24948

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https://peer.asee.org/24948

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112

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R. Casey Cline Boise State University

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Casey Cline is an associate professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Cline earned a BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, an MS in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Education (Adult Development Organizational Learning) from The University of Idaho. His education and research interests are focused on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. His over 25 years of construction industry experience includes work in commercial, industrial, petrochemical, light commercial, and residential construction.

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Kirsten A. Davis Boise State University

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Kirsten A. Davis is an Associate Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Davis earned a B.Arch. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her educational research interests are focused on improving construction management education.

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Abstract

U.S. Construction Management Students Comfort Level With and Knowledge of Mobile Technologies X. XXXXX XXXXX, Ph.D. and XXXXXXX X. XXXXX, Ph.D. XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXX Department of Construction Management XXXXX, XXXXXAbstractMobile technologies are becoming increasingly common on U.S. construction sites as companiesbecome aware of how they can simplify and automate the capturing of information in the field,and communicate that information back to company management systems. Field personnel arenow being equipped with smart phones or tablets to check email, look at blueprints, takeprogress photos, or create punchlists, all with one device. These technologies are being used tomake work efforts more efficient, raise productivity, reduce costs, and positively impact projectprofitability.As the U.S. construction industry moves to these mobile technologies, so too should universityconstruction management programs move to mobile education and learning applications toensure that students are prepared for a mobile construction industry. This study uses universityprovided iPads in construction management classes to expose students to mobile technologiesbefore they enter the workforce. Pre- and post-test surveys collected data about first-year andupper-level construction management students comfort with mobile technologies, theirknowledge about mobile technologies in construction, and their views on whether they think theywill use mobile technologies in the workplace and for what tasks.While some students entered with a very low comfort level with mobile devices, there were gainsin comfort level by nearly all students. Most, even first-year students, were able to envision howa mobile device could be used within the construction industry to perform various tasks, andtheir visions increased from the beginning of the semester to the end, even though no formalinstruction was done in this area. The gains were primarily due to exposure to the device andgeneral usage. By gaining a greater understanding of student comfort with and knowledge ofemerging technologies, more effective educational and training methodologies can be developedto facilitate instruction and improve the effectiveness of students upon graduation.Keywords: Construction Management, Mobile Technologies, Education

Cline, R. C., & Davis, K. A. (2015, June), U.S. Construction Management Students' Comfort Level With and Knowledge of Mobile Technologies Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24948

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