Media Release: Virtual learning for the built environment

Invite to Photographers:

Date:             Friday 26th March

Time:             11.15am

Place:            City Halls Glasgow (Recital Room), Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1

Photo:           Construction students try out new virtual technology.

AN innovative construction project which will change the face of construction industry learning has produced 30 e learning packs which will be launched on 26 March 2010 at Glasgow City Halls.

Ed Monaghan, managing director of Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd, will launch 30 comprehensive eLearning and assessment packs which use computer games technology and virtual cityscapes, building sites and buildings to offer virtual learning solutions at all levels of construction education and training.

The ePacks from LDB, range from repair, maintenance, conservation and restoration of existing buildings to advanced crafts, construction planning, site supervision and management. They provide underpinning knowledge for SQA and other awards at HN, undergraduate and professional levels. Additional generic ePacks such as manual handling and first aid can also benefit other industry sectors.

LDB materials can be delivered through a variety of learning management systems, however LDB has also developed its own virtual learning environment called Built Environment e learning (BEE).

Professor Tom Wilson OBE, principal of Glasgow Metropolitan College and chair of LDB says: “This is one of the most important projects that LDB has undertaken.  It will make a real difference to and a very positive influence on construction education and training.  It will up-skill the existing and future workforce to benefit Scotland’s construction sector and ultimately the economy of Scotland.  We are grateful for the financial support from Scottish Enterprise and the ongoing support from our other partners.” 

LDB Scottish Enterprise Construction Skills Action Plan Project launched on 11 October 2007 after receiving £400,000 funding from Scottish Enterprise. The project was supported by ConstructionSkills, Historic Scotland and Scotland’s Colleges and supplements an earlier £1million eConstruction Transformation Project.

For more information contact:

Jackie Mullen – Projects Manager

0141 566 6213 / 07780 550114

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