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Development of virtual teamwork skills for distance students through simulated global virtual team projects

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Josua PienaarJosua Pienaar, Peng WuPeng Wu, Nadine AdamsNadine Adams
Many Australian universities are pushing the use of distance education in delivering construction programs. However, recent accreditations show that the development of teamwork skills, one core graduate attribute, is not satisfactory in these programs. A case study is therefore adopted to investigate the effectiveness of using simulated global virtual team (SGVT) projects to teach virtual teamwork skills at Central Queensland University (CQU) which offers the construction education program exclusively by distance education. The findings suggest that SGVT projects can help increase the level of engagement and benefit the students through the involvement of experienced practitioners. More importantly, with the increased level of engagement, distance students can develop nondiscipline-oriented teamwork skills, e.g., collaboration and leadership, through the distinct roles they play in the SGVT projects. The results provide good guidance and will be useful for universities and institutions which are seeking to implement distance education in construction education.

History

Volume

142

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

8

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1943-5541

ISSN

1052-3928

Location

USA

Publisher

American Society of Civil Engineers

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Curtin University; Office of Learning and Teaching; School of Engineering and Technology (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of professional issues in engineering education and practice.