The Department of Architecture and the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong won a substantial UGC funded Teaching Development Grant: Developing an Integrated Construction Technology Teaching Program and Establishment of an Inter-Collegiate Centre of Excellence for the Teaching of Construction Technology in 2002. The project's aim was to shift the focus of instruction from the instructor to the student by embedding student-centred pedagogies and tools such as problem based learning (PBL), computer-mediated communication (CMC), and collaborative group-work within the module. Mounting the innovations within a Learner Management System has supported a community of learners and provided a platform for the extensive use of digital resources, data sharing, social interaction and information exchange in a social constructivist-learning environment. This presentation will report on the project, known as ITCT (Innovative Teaching in Construction Technology), and progress to date.
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Alex Amato is an Assistant Professor at the Dept of Architecture, University of Hong Kong where he teaches studio and construction technology. His research interests lie in the development of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and modular prefabricated construction systems. Previously he was a consultant architect to the Steel Construction Institute, UK for ten years. Here he initiated research in the LCA of steel intensive construction while at the same time running a one man architectural practice that specialized in tensile fabric and light-weight construction systems. Before this, he was an associate at BDP working on large-scale shopping centres, and prior to this spent five years in a small practice in Islington working on public housing in the early 80 s.
James Henri From 1981-2001 James Henri was employed by Charles Sturt University (Australia) and coordinated their programs in teacher librarianship and information literacy. In 2001 he took up the position of Deputy Director of the Centre for Information Technology in Education within the Faculty of Education, at the University of Hong Kong. James Henri has written extensively on issues that relate to information studies. He is known internationally for his seminal work on the information literate school community, including an extensive research agenda with colleagues Lyn Hay (CSU) and Dianne Oberg (University of Alberta). He is currently Vice President of the International Association of school Librarianship (http://www.iasl-slo.org/officers.html) and Secretary of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Section of School Libraries and Resource Centers (http://ifla.org/VII/s11/ssl.htm).
Sue Trinidad currently teaches technology education modules for the Division for Information and Technology Studies, Hong Kong University. Her research and teaching interests revolve around building sound learning environments. She has been involved in the construction of numerous online teacher-learning materials delivered through Learner Management Systems such as WebCT and ILN, and involved in many projects in Australia presenting regularly at technology conferences on e-learning.
RuffinaThilakaratne is the project manager of the ITCT project. Her research interests include architectural education, design studio pedagogy, outcome-based assessments and education quality assurance systems. She is an architect and has worked in Sri Lanka and Thailand.