Academic excellence

To be able to support and use modern technology and teaching methodologies, I’m actively participating in various e-learning courses by myself (given by different institutions from all over the world). Some example e-courses that I have recently and successfully taken are: Train the Trainer (given by Adobe Inc., link to badge) and Digital Construction MOOC (given by University of Westminster and the B1M, link to open badge). The Train the Trainer course was all about the learning how to teach your fellow teacher and Digital Construction MOOC gave an example comparative material how BIM subjects can be digitally taught, how to engage and connect international learner group (participants from all over the world). Being an active learner yourself, helps to understand the learner perspective and apply such knowledge into your own courses. Especially when you are teaching different learner groups (students, teachers, current real world practitioners, etc.). My latest self-assessment summary can be found from Appendix B.

Being an Education Technology Officer, I’m supporting various interest groups in terms of learners. My own experience in developing e-learning courses has made a great basis to deliver those skills to other teachers. Currently teaching Moodle as an e-learning environment as well as giving insight to other active learning methods that can be used/applied at each semester (can be also taken or retaken as a Moodle e-course). Moodle general course that I’m conducting, helps to achieve university wide goal to have e-supported course for each compulsory subject at first and second degree study programs (bachelor, master level programs). E-supported course in here means that the course can have classical lecture program throughout the semester as well, but at the same time should include learner activation components and continuous feedback/marking system. The role of Education Technology Officer also means that I’m involved in continuous e-learning related discussions that helps to achieve university visibility in terms of branded and openly available e-courses. I’m responsible as a Moodle administrator  to keep the smooth and solid layout of all our current Moodle courses at schools/institutional levels. I have been also nominated to be a main user to lead the TTÜ branded Moodle implementation plan, that has goal to be openly available to all of our teachers from 2018 spring semester (currently we are sharing Moodle with different other institutions that do not allow us to align the Moodle for university needs and/or connected services). It needs continuous discussions with various interests groups to find the best possible solution and personalized layout for our future e-learning courses/platform.

To support my knowledge in creating recognizable e-courses, “Water Pipelines and Modelling” has been awarded with the e-course quality label in 2013 (list of courses available at HITSA website).

During my lecturing career I have been involved in various research projects as well. My main research so far has been conducting with pipe network hydraulics, although some research inputs has been given also into computer processing power that is vital in today’s professional BIM tools as well. Full list of research projects and articles is available in Estonian Research Information System (ERIS).

From the research side I’m actively participating as a reviewer for multiple internationally recognized scientific journals (the full list is available at ERIS) as well as belonging into conference committee members (CCWI2017, WDSA2016).

During my academic career my work has been awarded with several honors that are listed in Estonian Research Information System (ERIS).

I have had possibilities to conduct short term lecture programs (modelling of pumping systems) during several years in Tampere University of Technology (ERASMUS teacher program 2012 and 2014-2015, contact person: Pekka E. Pietila). Through my professional experience and private sector combination I have been involved in several BIM teaching events as a trainer.

More recent ones are shown below:

  • Introduction to BIM and its teaching in Tallinn University of Technology, invited presentation at BALTGRAF conference in Tallinn University of Technology (June 2017). Conference organizer: Harri Annuka.
  • BIM for infrastructure online training/presentation for EUROPEAN PROJECT “BIM4PLACEMENT European key competences in building and construction” participants in University of Oulu (May 2017). Meeting organizer: Prof. Rauno Heikkilä.
  • BIM for infrastructure face-to-face training/presentation to various student groups at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (January 2017). Invitation by Dr. Meghdad Attarzadeh.

My professional background in terms of vertical and horizontal BIM topics has been widely presented in several international online trainings/meetings as well as for developing various course materials. Some of those courses are video based and freely available through my YouTube channel. The moderate list of subscribers to my channel shows the value of such video learning materials and has been a great opportunity for quite many to ask direct help/guidance through YouTube community. The list of developed training programs and respective content examples can be found from Appendixes, text based training materials – Appendix C and video based training courses – Appendix D.

About the author: Raido Puust