Innovation in Collaborative learning in Built Environment Disciplines (IDCL in BED)

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This Seminar addressed the (relatively recently introduced) requirement to provide interdisciplinary teaching and learning to students, on those HE Built Environment /Construction courses that are subject to professional accreditation. RIBA, CEng and RICS criteria now all (among others) require accredited programmes to deliver skills in collaborative decision-making, communication, and knowledge of co-professionals. This can be difficult to deliver for academics, who tend by nature to be specialist and discipline-specific. These skills are considered ‘essential’ to the future of the construction industry by the recently published “Collaboration for Change’ Edge Commission Report, the Gov’t Construction Strategy 2011, the CIC BIM2050 task force, and other industry organisations. There were 16 attendees from 7 different academic institutions within Scotland and England. The Seminar gathered those with experience of offering programmes that seek to meet the above criteria, and to share best practice. There will be a short presentation of two case study projects that deliver on these points, but the specific aim will be collection of data from all attendees: with the aim of first identifying the difficulties of teaching and assessing these qualities within HE curricula, and secondly, providing insight into the effectiveness of systems through direct comparison in practice. The event has spawned a blog site: HTTP:// It is anticipated that a paper will follow in due course.
Period7 Aug 2015
Event typeSeminar
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • collaboration
  • education
  • training
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Architecture
  • construction industry
  • Interior Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture