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The learning of CAD for construction: technical abilities or visual?

Ahmed, V, Mahdjoubi, L, Feng, X and Leach, M 2004, 'The learning of CAD for construction: technical abilities or visual?' , International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, 2 (1) , pp. 7-18.

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Abstract

The increasing demands of the construction industry for individuals with good IT skills add continuous pressures on higher education to improve their methods of teaching. CAD training, as an important part of IT training for construction students, is becoming an essential part of the curriculum in most built environment schools. However, general CAD training is mostly concerned with providing students with technical skills rather than the initial ability of spatial visualisation. Indeed, existing training methods of CAD applications, do not take into consideration students? learning styles, and the differences in their spatial visualisation abilities. Considering that CAD students need to perform various activities within CAD applications to develop an understanding of building concepts and components, their spatial visualisation abilities and their learning style, remain the main barriers. This paper identifies the learning strategies required to assist with the learning of 3D modelling and describes a new approach adopted to examine students' Special Visualisation Skills. The paper also describes innovative e-learning approaches developed to reinforce students' learning of 3D CAD, tracking their progress and highlighting qualitative measures of their effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering & Construction
Publisher: Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1570-7822
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007 10:56
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/560

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