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Managing Building Adaptation: a Sustainable Approach

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Do you have a passion for buildings and want to contribute to a sustainable environment? Then this is your chance to make a difference! The biggest sustainability challenge for cities worldwide is adapting existing obsolescent buildings and making them future-proof. In this course, you will learn about adapting buildings for sustainability. This course first introduces you to the challenging management task of redeveloping buildings for future use. Then you will learn how different management tools can be used to convert old buildings for sustainable reuse. Prior experience with studies or jobs related to the built environment is not essential for this course, but will be a great advantage. This MOOC is especially relevant for students who are interested in Real Estate, Project Management, Urban Planning, Architecture, Construction, Engineering, and Sustainability. The course is taught by a multi-disciplinary team of instructors and professors with relevant practical and theoretical experience. You can use the practical knowledge you obtain during this course to tackle many challenges related to the built environment.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Erwin Heurkens, Gerard van Bortel, Hilde Remoy, Jelle Koolwijk, John Heints

Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order: A Practical Perspective

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Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order demonstrates that even the best-laid project plans can be undone by new technologies, financial upheavals, or resource scarcity, to name just a few disruptors. It encourages project managers to focus on learning throughout a project, with the understanding that what they learn could necessitate major changes in midstream. This adaptive, flexible, living-order approach is inspired by Lean in construction projects and Agile in software development. Technical Project Management in Living and Geometric Order explains how today’s projects unfold in dynamic environments in response to unexpected events. With its practical tips, detailed graphics, links to additional resources, and interviews with engineering professionals, it’s an accessible introduction to the living order for aspiring project managers.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Jeffrey Russell, John Nelson, Wayne Pferdehirt

Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success

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Are you a (project) engineer with a technical background but lack management knowledge? Are you eager to improve project performance and want to expand your knowledge? This business and management course will focus on the necessary project management skills to successfully manage projects, distinguishing three areas: The project manager and the team The project process The project context The course focuses on the early project phases, including examples from technical projects within various sectors and industries (amongst others, but not limited to, infrastructure projects and construction projects). At the end of this course, you will have created your own project execution plan, either in a team effort or on individual basis. Of course, the team effort allows for a special learning experience and we appraise active team participation.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: Marian Bosch-Rekveldt, Hans Bakker, Marcel Hertogh

ARCS Motivation and Distance Learning

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The first published account of the theorizing that was involved in the development of John M. Keller’s ARCS model is contained in a 1979 publication entitled Motivation and Instructional Design: A Theoretical Perspective. At that early stage, Keller explains his working definition, “motivation is generally defined as that which accounts for the arousal, direction, and sustenance of behavior” (Keller, 1979, p. 29). The emergence of Keller’s model was heavily influenced by a research into a variety of underlying motivational constructs. The theoretical alignment of the original ARCS model is covered more in-depth in the theoretical alignment section. The ARCS model has an official website. This textbook explores the ARCS model.

Material Type: Student Guide


Logo Recognition Game

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This logo recognition game was developed to see how quickly students recognize a logo based on seeing small parts of the logo first. As an engaging game, this might be a great way to kick off a logo project and discuss the importance of simple recognizable icons. You may copy the game file and edit it as you see fit for your classroom!

Material Type: Game, Interactive, Lecture Notes, Lesson

Author: Ryland Perry

Professional and Technical Writing

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This textbook for professional and technical communication is a compilation of several Open Resource materials. The purpose in its design is to provide a wide variety of materials on subjects in professional and technical communication, and to offer several different perspectives and delivery modes of those materials.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Suzie Baker