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A Web-based personal and professional development tool to promote life-long learning within the construction industry

Alan P. Maddocks, Willy D. Sher and Andrew Wilson
Journal of Educational Technology & Society
Vol. 3, No. 1, Learning Individually: a Life-Long Perspective (January 2000), pp. 77-83
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/jeductechsoci.3.1.77
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ABSTRACT The Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building, are currently collaborating on a two-year project, ‘Recording Achievement in Construction’ designed to encourage personal and professional development. The project, funded by the Department for Education and Employment, aims to promote a culture that will enable and support construction students and graduates to monitor, build and reflect upon their own personal development within the construction discipline. This paper outlines the rationale for the project and explains the reasoning behind the design and development of the RAPID (Recording Achievement for Professional and Individual Development) Progress File (Loughborough University, 1999). Furthermore, this paper outlines how this tool is currently being implemented within the Higher Education community, the lessons learned to date, and offers recommendations as to how it can be most effectively integrated with existing educational structures and practices. We conclude that the RAPID Progress File is the kind of personal and professional development tool that can assist and encourage individual learners develop a life-long perspective on the learning process.

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