Meet the program team

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Sustainability Practice program is developed and run by a dedicated team of subject specialists and industry experts.

Your lead educator on this course is Abdullahi Ahmed, who is the course director for MSc Construction and BIM at Coventry University. His areas of expertise are BIM, sustainability in practice and construction technology.

Photograph of lead educator Abdullahi Ahmed

Danny McGough is the module course leader for the Construction Management course at Coventry University.

Photograph of Danny McGough

We are also joined by Dr Effie Mpakati Gama who is a lecturer in Construction Management at Coventry University.

Photograph of Dr Effie Mpakati Gama

Nada Milivojevic joins us as a course contributor. She is currently a PhD research student at Coventry University.

Photograph of Nada Milivojevic

You can follow your program team by selecting the link to their FutureLearn profile page and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Your personal learning log

A learning log is a useful way of compiling your course notes, views and resources as you study. The aim is to regularly look back on what you have learned and articulate your thoughts and feelings about the experience.

Unlike the online portfolio, your learning log is informal and can be kept private. However, in the spirit of social learning, you’re encouraged to share as much of your work with your fellow learners as you feel comfortable.

You can record your log entries offline in a notebook or go digital with easy-to-use online tools (below) to build a more dynamic collection of resources and insight.

Build it with a blog

Blogging and journaling tools such as Blogger, Tumblr, Wix and WordPress can be updated regularly with text, images, videos, audio and more, so they’re ideal for keeping an engaging learning log.

You can usually choose to make blog posts public, keep them private, or share them only with select people. It’s a great way to develop your understanding and share your work week-by-week.

FutureLearn has even provided useful guidance on using blogging tools to support your reflective practice.

Take notes online

Online note-taking tools and apps act like digital notebooks, allowing you to edit, organise and share your notes flexibly.

They range in functionality from very simple tools, like Shrib, to those with more advanced features, like EverNote and Google Keep. If you’re a registered Coventry University student, you also have access to Microsoft OneNote as part of Office 365.

Some of these tools allow you to clip from websites, include images and collaborate with others to maintain a more comprehensive record of thoughts and information. How you use them is up to you.

Checking your progress

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, select the ‘mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page and help you to keep track of the steps you’ve finished. The steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your ‘to do’ list.

You can check your progress page by selecting the ‘progress’ icon at the top of the step. There you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

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