Technology in Construction Education
ProCost Systems’ Technology in Education initiatives reflects contemporary knowledge and global views in the area of educational technology, specifically about using 21st-century skills for teaching and learning. The emphasis is on putting technology in the hands of our employees for authentic and connected learning, integrating technology in teaching and learning, and allowing learning at their speed and time. Technology is used as an enabler to address issues such as motivation, quality of work executed, teamwork, and self-empowerment.
e-Learning’s main objectives are to:
Use technology to help improve practical aspects of construction’s knowledge
Provide tools for learning at employees time and understanding
Enhance learning and higher-order thinking skills
Improve communication among team members through learning
ProCost has conceptualized the eLearning programs with leading contractors. They helped provide course contents and helped implement the programme in their organizations.
Key Feedback from implementing eLearning
Ease of providing knowledge
Improved employee confidence and teamwork
Motivated Project Managers to further develop educations content
Improved quality of work, critical thinking in effective planning of work activities, and communication skills, thus improving client satisfaction.
Flexibility and ease provided access to an employee located in remote locations
Cost of implementation is less than Rs 1,000 / employee / year
Computer-aided eLearning Programme This involves computer-aided learning and web-based education. The micro-learning, multilingual education material along real site visuals made learning easy for individuals. The eLearning platform for enhancing competencies of workers, effective project communication and monitoring, cloud data accessibility in turn leading to improving quality, safety, reducing rework and time overruns. This is all achieved at a fraction of the cost of an employee's monthly salary. Advantages of eLearning Our software is affordable, web-based, extremely easy to use, multi-lingual, multi-module and scalable (small to large enterprise). Embedding training in everyday work processes assists in learning the subject matter on which the individuals are working on. The eLearning lectures are concise and provide site practical knowledge not available elsewhere. Teachers were trained to use web-based curricular resources for classroom transactions and to provide conceptual clarity. Labs with DVD players, education materials, etc., were set up to encourage self and peer learning. Materials were classified into self-learning for children, for teaching and evaluation. Collaborations with Khan Academy and Ekstep The overall intent of these collaborations is to create a border coalition of like-minded organizations, which are focused on addressing the problems in the education sector, and influencing policy decisions to use technology to address the critical needs of this sector. Khan Academy A five-year collaboration to build a sustainable platform that provides free world-class education in India — in Indian languages and aligned to Indian curricula. The goal is to provide free high-quality educational resources for both online and offline use. The personalized learning platform will allow each child, regardless of circumstances, to learn at their own pace, and take ownership of their learning. Building teacher competencies will reduce teacher absenteeism and train them to access adaptive tutoring that will best suit their students’ learning. Ekstep The collaboration with the non-profit organization spearheaded by Nandan and Rohini Nilekani will help create a learner-centric, technology-based platform to improve applied literacy and numeracy for crores of children who have gaps in their early learning. The focus is therefore on primary learning, with interactive gamified content for numeracy, literacy in English and Indian languages, and cognitive capabilities. This initiative addresses the binding constraints of quality education, personalized attention to each child, child engagement and assessment.