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How social is the virtual design studio? A case study of a third year design studio

conference contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jeremy Ham, M Schnabel
With the advent of social networks, it became apparent that the social aspect of designing and learning plays a crucial role in students’ education. Technologies and skills are the base on which learners interact. The ease of communication, leadership opportunity, democratic interaction, teamwork, and the sense of community are some of the aspects that are now in the centre of design interaction. The paper examines Virtual Design Studios (VDS) that used media-rich platforms and analyses the influence the social aspect plays in solving all problems on the sample of a design studio at Deakin University. It studies the effectiveness of the generated social intelligence and explores the facilitation of students’ self-directed learning. Hereby the paper studies the construction of knowledge via social interaction and how blended learning environments foster motivation and information exchange. It presents its finding based on VDS that were held over the past three years.



Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. Conference (17th : 2012 : Chennai, India)


173 - 182


Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia


Chennai, India

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2012, Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)


T Fischer, K De Biswas, J Ham, R Naka, W Huang

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CAADRIA 2012 : Beyond Codes and Pixels : Proceedings of the 17th International conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia