Collaborative Design and Learning: Competence Building for Innovation

Collaborative Design and Learning: Competence Building for Innovation

Collaborative Design and Learning: Competence Building for Innovation

Collaborative Design and Learning: Competence Building for Innovation

Synopsis

Applying advances in communication and information technologies to promote collaborative project design and management--in theory, education, and practical application.

Excerpt

Manuel V. Heitor

This book is based on the presentation and discussion of new perspectives aimed at creating and promoting design capabilities and new skills on engineering, architecture, and construction leading to creative communities and taking advantage of new information and communication systems. The analysis is based on long-distance design education and practice, including the discussion of case studies on collaborative learning and virtual teaming, with emphasis on transdisciplinary projects. The mechanisms used are networks that link people, and students in particular, with different backgrounds, aiming at increasing their ability to cope with emerging challenges through collaborative learning.

It should be noted that we normally think about knowledge as personal and individual. But it can also be embedded in regions and organizations and, as noted by Conceição, Heitor, and Lundvall (2003), the shared routines, the common communication codes and the formation of social relationships within teams may be regarded as different ways of embodying knowledge in collective units. This concept is examined in this book in the shape of long-distance learning networks, the existence of which will contribute to building new attitudes and will, as we contend later, definitively transform universities and education in general.

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