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Title: Architectural design learning through online conversation: a case for the use of facebook
Authors: Morkel, JD
Keywords: Constructivist learning;Collaborative design learning;Architecture studio
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Design Development and Research Conference - CPUT
Abstract: Studio as a learning space stands at the centre of architectural design teaching and learning. However, the architecture studio, as we know it, is at a crossroads. Students spend less time in the studio and an increasing amount of time in computer labs. These spaces are not conducive to conversation and interaction - activities typical of the studio environment and necessary for critical thinking and design conceptualisation and development. This paper presents work that is part of a current doctoral study by the author, entitled “The online architecture studio: towards an instructional design framework for design learning.” The study addresses three types of conversation that facilitate design learning, namely the conversation with the self (internal), the conversation between peers (horizontal) and the conversation between student and tutor (vertical). This paper addresses the peer to peer collaborative learning that happens online through facebook. An adaptation of Gabriel and Maher’s coding scheme for communication in collaborative design is used to analyze the text “utterances” that occur on the pages of a facebook group set up to support a face to face undergraduate final year design program. The analysis highlights the key communication areas achieved through face book as a virtual environment for interaction and conversation. Theoretical underpinning includes social learning theory, constructivism and the role of place, collaborative learning and cognitive theory of multi-media learning. This paper presents a case for the use of face book to support the face to face studio as a place for creative and constructive conversation – the original role of the physical studio.
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