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This paper examines a collaborative project between the department of Construction Management and Technology and the departme nt of Quantity Surveying at Dublin Institute of Technology. The term “collaborative learning” refers to an instruction method in which students at various performance levels work together in small groups toward a common goal. The students are responsible for one another’s learning as well as their own (Dillenbourg, 1999) The objectives of this collaborative project are: 1.Promote interaction between students from different but related courses. 2.Enhance student’s ability to think creatively, solve problems,and make decisions as a team. 3.Evaluate the benefits of using a virtual learning environment for assessment. 4.Examine the benefits of BIM as a tool in feedback. There a number of benefits to this project with an emphasis being given to the interaction of the students. The collaborative learning approach provides a format for the students to interact including giving and receiving help, exchanging information and resources and information, giving and receiving feedback, challenging and encouraging each other, and jointly reflecting on progress. The other perceived benefit will be in the use of a virtual learning environment and information communication tools. According to Vygotsky (1978), students are capable of performing at higher intellectual levels when asked to work collaborative situations. This was one of the primary encouragements for completing this project. It is thought within both the Construction Management programme and the Quantity Surveying programme that collaboration projects will have a positive effect on the students learning. It should also be noted that on graduation the students will be required to work alongside many other professions within the construction industry and will be expected to communicate using the most up to date technology
Hayden, R. and McDonnell, F. "Developing a Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment between students in Cross Disciplines to meet the New College Structure". Conference presented at the International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia 5-7th. March 2012.