|M.Sc Student||Bar-on David|
|Subject||Teaching Building Technology with Computer Aid-An Analysis|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Robertmaurice Oxman|
Building Technology (BT) is defined as the knowledge domain responsible for the making and operating of buildings and building assembling knowledge is identified as part of architectural knowledge serving as an indicator of architectural professionalism Building Technology Instruction (BTI) is the knowledge domain responsible for the teaching or the transfer of that technological professionalism. The literature research executed during the present work indicated that there is much criticism among those acting in that field with reference to three instructional components subjects methods and means.
The present research related to aspects of BT instructional methods by analyzing the relevance of Computer Aided Instruction (CAT) methods and their potential in BTI.
As a result of the investigation in the CAI field a good correlation was indicated between BTI performance requirements and CAI characteristics Therefore as a category these methods are highly relevant to BTI and have the requested potential for developing alternative instructional solutions applicable to BT according to the following suggested development principles:
•It is recommended that BTI Tutorials would be Learning Support Environment (LSE) type, dealing mainly with BT “principles”, at all skill levels, providing strong simulation and inquiry modules based on data base facilities.
•The instructional material, delivered mostly through visual means, would be accessed in an adaptive learning style, based on a flexible structure, allowing future expansion and communication with external data bases or mass storage devices, such as CD.
•One suggested development environment for a pilot tutorial is Macintosh HyperCard, because of its ability to permit non-sequential, Hypertext-based activities, combined with friendliness and ease of use.
The principles of such a BTI system, based upon HyperCard, are outlined and discussed.