Flexible future learning opportunities for built environment professionals – A case study

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Poon, J. 2022. Flexible future learning opportunities for built environment professionals – A case study. Education and Training. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-08-2021-0301
AuthorsPoon, J.
Abstract

This paper discusses the re-development of MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management of a modern university in the Midlands of the UK in recent years, with the aim to offer flexible future learning opportunities for built environment professionals and address the sector’s skill shortage concerns (Augar Review, 2019 and 2021; DfE, 2020 and 2021; Foresight Review, 2017). The research method is insider action research and a case study approach. It involves interviews with external and internal stakeholders who contributed to this re-development and review of relevant documents related to the development. The research finding showed that both the internal and external stakeholders welcome the proposed re-development of postgraduate courses in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. They found the course offers opportunities for civil engineering and construction professionals to further develop their skills and to address government initiatives on flexible and future learning. The online offer of the course is attractive to potential students. It has brought a substantial financial return to the University and created a new international presence of the course and the University. This paper is a pilot study examining a university’s response to skill shortage and government proposal on flexible learning for adults through re-development and enhancement of the offer of the existing postgraduate courses. It has been argued that an insider research approach may have an advantage in accessing information compared to other research methods. The case study approach may have limitations on generalizability.
This research can be used as an example for other universities that aim to enhance their existing offers to address government initiatives and enhance financial viability.

Keywordscourse re-development ; Civil Engineering; Construction Management
Year2022
JournalEducation and Training
PublisherEmerald
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-08-2021-0301
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/ET-08-2021-0301/full/html
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