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Using 3D modelling and dynamic thermal simulation software tools to facilitate student understanding of complex principles in 'passive' building design: an experiential learning approach

Dowdle, DL 2003, Using 3D modelling and dynamic thermal simulation software tools to facilitate student understanding of complex principles in 'passive' building design: an experiential learning approach , in: Education in a Changing Environment, 17-18 September 2003, University of Salford. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Students today are much more PC and IT literate than their counterparts of five or ten years ago. The huge increase in Internet usage, PC's in schools and interactive game play are surely a contributory factor in this. Students enjoy using IT, both during leisure and their studies. The purpose of this innovative introduction to student studies was to develop in students an enthusiasm for working with others and team building whilst developing, analysing and understanding ‘real world’ projects having a strong IT link and incorporating those projects within a 3-D building modelling and simulation software tool. To facilitate student understanding, the assignment was developed around David Kolb's 4 stage learning styles model of 'concrete experience', 'observation / reflection', 'generalisation / conceptualisation' and 'experimentation / integration'. Working as teams, students created two simple case study buildings and, by carrying out interactive real-time ‘what if’ scenarios, determined how and why the materials used in the construction of buildings affect their thermal performance.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: ISBN: 9780902896666
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Refereed: No
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2009 15:05
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:58
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2077

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