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Biography

 

Mr Stephen Austin has over 15 years teaching experience, 5-years in further education, before taking his current academic position at Coventry University. He completed his BA (Hons) in Architecture at Portsmouth University in 1993, before studying for his PGCE at Keele University and his MSc in Management for Construction at Coventry University. He started teaching at Moulton College in 2001, ultimately being promoted to Subject Manager, before joining Coventry University in 2006. He is Head of School for Energy, Construction and Environment.

 

Area of Expertise:

 

The use of semi-immersive virtual reality for construction training

Research Interests

On-line international virtual teams; Peer and self assessment in teamwork; Virtual reality training for the construction industry; English language skills for European construction workers; Simulation training for Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Vision Statement

I have a particular focus on the pedagogy of teaching, within Built Environment disciplines, that focuses on group work and virtual process. I have been involved in projects that look at the effective use of peer and self assessment in teamwork, the use of virtual teams to deliver group projects and the use of virtual reality simulation training for construction students. In addition, I have been and am still involved in European projects that look at improving the English language skills of European construction workers.

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