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Which way is up? Space and place in virtual learning environments for design

Jones, Derek and Lloyd, Peter (2013). Which way is up? Space and place in virtual learning environments for design. In: 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers, 14-17 May 2013, Oslo, pp. 552–563.

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The role of ‘place’ in design education is essential in providing a structured learning experience that can be trusted and which allows dynamic social connections to emerge in the development of reflective practice. With increasing demand for distance and online learning resources, this paper considers how such a sense of place can be arrived at using ‘virtual architecture’. Analogies with physical architectural space – for example ‘homes’, ‘forums’, ‘studios’, ‘libraries’ can be useful, but in many ways the opportunities for design learning in virtual architecture go far beyond what is possible with physical architecture. We describe how the virtual architecture of an Open University course in Design Thinking has consciously tried to create place rather than space, in crafting an environment with intrinsic learning opportunities, and the benefits this has brought to students studying the course.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
Keywords: place; space; design education; virtual learning environments; phenomenology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 37622
Depositing User: Derek Jones
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 15:05
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 20:01
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