Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has won the Excellence in Education and Training Award at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2021, for its CIAT and RIAI Accredited Architectural Technology degree programme.
The submission was made by the Architectural Technology Programme Board and described the programme with a focus on meeting the challenges of overcoming the impact of COVID-19 on our students in the 2020/21 academic year. The team worked together to develop a new approach to teaching students in a blended learning environment using a variety of new technologies and platforms which proved very successful.
Students were on campus one or two days per week for socially distanced practicals and studio work. Lecturers adapted quickly to an online and blended programme delivery using Teams, Moodle and Whiteboard for online lectures. With limited access to physical construction sites, lecturers adapted their teaching to overcome this limitation. The use of technologies such as BIM 360, Holobuilder and laser scanning technology helped lecturers to work together with students in the new virtual environment.
Mary Rogers, Head of Department of Building and Civil Engineering, stated "We were delighted to win this award at a very prestigious event!"
GMIT is the first educational institute in the Republic of Ireland to become an Epic Games Academic Partner. Click here for more information. The program offers the following support:
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The Architectural Technology programme board would also like to congratulate third year Architectural Technology student Gary Leavy and fourth year Architectural Technology student Oskar Mrozik who won the Excellence using BIM Visualization competition, kindly sponsored by Autodesk Education.