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Dr. John Wall

Title:

Head of School of Lifelong Learning and Education

School/ Department:

Engineering - Department of Built Environment

Telephone:

+353 0 51302237

Room Name/ Num:

CL5

Campus:

College Street

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My Biography

I have worked in WIT since 1994 in the School's of Engineering and Lifelong Learning and Education.  Prior to this I worked in the construction industry both in the UK and ireland. 

Research

2012 – Awarded a grant of €1,500 by NAIRTL to undertake and publish a desk based research project on Professional Development Frameworks.

2011 – Awarded a grant for Innovation in Third Level Administration from Boston College to visit third level institutions in Boston and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This involves myself and 9 other academics from the north and south of Ireland visiting institutions in the United States during November 2011 to explore challenges and innovations in third level administration and share best practice.

2006 – 2008 - Project partner on FP6 Socrates project under the Minerva action worth over €300,000 involving a team of researchers throughout Europe.  This project was an investigation into the use of multiple intelligences in the delivery of virtual classrooms targeting health and safety in the construction industry.  A framework for deploying synchronous classes was formulated as part of this project.

2005 – 2007 - Project coordinator of a FP6 Socrates project proposal, which I formulated based on my doctoral research under the Minerva Action worth €237,000 involving a number of partners in Europe.  This project investigated how technology can be used to deliver continuing professional development in the construction industry.  A framework to inform educational providers how to deploy blended lifelong learning opportunities was developed and implemented.

2005 – Received Enterprise Ireland grant of €7,000 to visit Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (CRCCI).  This work involved developing training solutions related to the use of ICT in construction and building information modelling (BIM) focused on both undergraduate students and practitioners in the construction industry.  The findings from this work were integrated into developments in QUT and WIT.

Teaching

As a lecturer / senior lecturer I have taught on construction, civil engineering, architecture and computing programmes from level 6 to level 9.  I have also been course leader on the development of two masters programmes within the institute including a collaborative masters delivered in 3 countries and a new blended learning masters in construction project management.  I have supervised both taught and research masters students.

Professional

2008 – to date  Head of School of Lifelong Learning and Education – Waterford Institute of Technology
1994 – 2008   Lecturer / Senior Lecturer 1 Engineering and Construction Management- Waterford Institute of Technology
1993 – 1994   Projects Manager - Modular Business Systems, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath
1990 – 1992   Design Engineer  - Ewbank Preece O’hEocha, Dublin 2
1987 – 1989  Site Engineer / Site Agent - Taylor Woodrow Construction, United Kingdom

Other

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
McNamee P., Madden D., McNamee F., Wall J., Hurst A., Vrasidas C., Chanquoy L., Baccion T., Acar E., Ónwy-Yazici E. and Jordan A., 2009, E-Learning, Multiple Intelligences Theory (MI) and Learner-Centred Instruction: Adapting MI Learning Theoretical Principles to the Instruction of Health and Safety to Construction Managers, Journal of College Teaching and Learning, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 49 – 58

Wall J. and Ahmed V., 2008, Lessons learned from a case study in deploying blended learning continuing professional development, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 185 – 202

Wall J. and Ahmed V., 2008, Use of a simulation game in delivering blended lifelong learning in the construction industry – Opportunities and Challenges, Computers and Education, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 1383 – 1393

Acar E., Wall J., McNamee F., Carney M. and Óney-Yazici E., 2008, Innovative Safety Management Training Through e-Learning, Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Vol. 4, pp. 239 – 250

Wall J., Ahmed V. and Smit D., 2006, Addressing the Lifelong Learning Needs of Construction Professionals Using Technology Facilitated Learning, Journal of Education in the Built Environment, Vol. 1, Iss. 2, pp. 57 – 69

Other Publications
Carney M., Wall J., McNamee F., Madden D., Acar E., Delivering Falls from Height Safety Training using Virtual Classes, 2009, in: Ahmed V., (Ed.), 8th BuHu International Postgraduate Research Conference, Prague, Czech Republic. University of Salford

Carney M., Wall J., McNamee F., Madden D., Acar E., Vrasidas C., Challenges to Delivering Safety Training Through Virtual Classes, 2008, in: Dainty, A. (Ed.), 24th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Cardiff, UK

Carney M., Wall J., McNamee F., Madden D., Acar E., Önwy-Yazici E., 2008, The evaluation of health and safety training through e-learning, 2008, in: Zarli, A. (Ed.), 7th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment ,Sophia Antipolis, France

Carney M., Wall J., 2008, Using Virtual Classes to Deliver Health and Safety Training in the Construction Industry in: Buckley, M (Ed.) NAIRTL Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Wall J. and Phillips D., 2008,Technology Enabled Learning – Lessons Learned from Irish Initiatives, CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research BEAR (selected as one of 6 best papers at conference)

Quirke P. and Wall J., 2007, The Use of Public Private Partnerships in the Delivery of Capital Projects in Higher Education in Ireland, 23rd Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM

Wall J., Carney M., McNamee F., Madden D., Hurst A., Charalambos V., Chanquoy L. Baccino T., Acar E., Onwy-Yazici E. and Jordan A., 2007, The Delivery of Health and safety Training Applying Multiple Intelligences Using Virtual Classes, 23rd Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM

Wall J., McNamee F., Madden D., Hurst A., Charalambos V., Chanquoy L. Baccino T., Acar E., Onwy-Yazici E. and Jordan A., 2007, Applying a Multiple Intelligences Instructional Design Framework in the Delivery of Health and Safety Learning in Construction, SCRI Conference

Wall, J., Ahmed V. and Smit D., 2006, A Collaborative Initiative to Deploy Blended Learning Continuing Professional Development in the Construction Industry, 6th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, Valencia

Wall, J. and Ahmed V., 2006, Delivering Continuing Professional Development for Construction Management using E-Learning, 22nd Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM

Wall J., Ahmed, V., Hurst A., Garrecht H., Luckey A., McNamee F., Kanoglu A., Evolving a Framework for Technology facilitated CPD for Construction Management A European Initiative, 2006, Irish Learning and Teaching Association 7th Annual Conference, Institute of Technology, Sligo

Wall, J. Ahmed V., Hurst A. Garrecht H., Luckey A., McNamee F. and Kanogul A., 2006, A Pan European Initiative to Formulate a Framework for Blended Learning Targeting Continuing Professional Development in the Construction Industry, 10th IACEE World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education

Wall J., Ahmed V. and Smit D., 2006, Issues in Addressing the Lifelong Learning Needs of Construction Professionals Using Technology Facilitated Learning Experiences from an Irish Blended Learning Initiative, CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research BEAR (selected as one of 6 best papers at conference)

Wall J. and Ahmed V., 2006, Developing a Framework for the Delivery of Continuing Professional Development for Construction Management in Europe, SCRI Conference

Wall J. and Ahmed V., 2005, Issues in Developing a Blended Learning Initiative to meet Continuing Professional Development needs of Construction Professionals in Ireland, 21st Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM, pp. 1289 – 1299

Wall J., Smit D., Betts M. and Ahmed V., 2005, An International Comparison of E-Learning in Action- An Interactive Graphical Online Teaching Resource for Residential Construction in Australia and a Blended Programme to Support Irish Entrepreneurs in Ireland, The Construction Research Conference of the RICS Foundation - the Australasian Universities- Building Educators Association Conference, and the 3rd CIB Student Chapters International Symposium, Brisbane, Australia

Smit D., Wall J. and Betts M., 2005, ICT & Curriculum Design to Bridge The Gap Between Industry And Academia, The Construction Research Conference of the RICS Foundation 'the Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association Conference, and the 3rd CIB Student Chapters International Symposium 4th to 8th July 2005, Brisbane, Australia

Wall J. and Ahmed V., 2005, Challenges in Delivering Technology Facilitated Learning for Construction Professionals, SCRI Conference, pp. 309 – 320

Wall J. and Ahmed V., 2004, E-Learning and pedagogical challenges in construction management: bridging the gap between academia and industry, 20th Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM, pp. 603 – 613

Wall J., 2003, Instructional Design and Partnerships in Ireland in Delivering Blended E-learning CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research BEAR pp. 1001 – 1009.

Book Chapters
Wall J., 2011, Academic professional development within Waterford Institute of Technology, in Designing Together: Effective Strategies for Creating a Collaborative Curriculum to Support Academic Professional Development Ed. Fitzpatrick N. and Harvey J., pp. 217 – 227, ISBN 1 900454 41 6

Thomas K., Wall J., Graham B., Troy P., Crowe D. and O’Connell A., 2011, Work Integrated Learning and Construction Project Management: A Case Study of an Industry-Academia partnership in Ireland, in Work-Integrated Learning in Engineering, Built Environment and Technology: Diversity of Practice in Practice, Ed. Keleher P., Patil A. and Harreveld E., pp. 221 – 244, ISBN13: 9781609605476

Case Studies
Author of case study titled Scottish Parliament House in Edinburgh - A Unique Set of Circumstances accepted for publication by the European Case Clearing House in 2010.  The construction of the Scottish Parliament building was plagued by controversy from the start.  Some key challenges that were encountered on the project are described and the teaching note supports tutors in using the case in a classroom setting.