Experiential Learning in Construction:  The Case for Construction Discovery & Transformation Program

Construction and infrastructure systems are growing in complexity and size, involving continuously interacting dynamic processes that occur in constantly evolving environments. The circumstances in which these processes take place often become more complicated due to factors such as unforeseen site conditions and change orders. Despite this, figures show that many construction and civil engineering students have historically lacked a comprehensive knowledge of onsite construction tasks, and the dynamics and complexities involved in a typical construction project.  [1]

The intent of this pilot project is to develop new forms of pedagogy based on the integration of new visualization technologies that will provide timely and effective education and, at the same time, enhance collaboration among students and between students and instructors. Three demonstration case study modules (the Virtual Site Visit (VSV); the Virtual Classroom Visit (VCV); and the Immersive Construction Room (ICR)) will bring construction course content to life through media enhanced documentation, on-site encounters, and live chats with project architects/engineers. These real-time construction processes will bring experiential, hands-on learning to construction courses in Architecture and Engineering. The project will provide a procedural model and content for construction courses, as well as an evaluation component of the effectiveness of these experiential modules for student learning.

Project Team:

Vineet Kamat, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Jean Wineman, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning


[1] Arditi, D. and Polat, G. (2010). Graduate education in construction management, ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 136, No. 3, 175–179.