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Lurking and learning: Making learning visible in a Virtual Design Studio

Jones, Derek; Lotz, Nicole and Holden, Georgina (2017). Lurking and learning: Making learning visible in a Virtual Design Studio. In: Proceedings of the LearnX Design London 2017 Conference (Pritchard, Gary and Lambert, Nick eds.), London, pp. 176–183.

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This paper explores certain types of student behaviour in design courses presented through an online distance learning environment and using a virtual design studio. It demonstrates that types of behaviour often considered to be passive, and therefore negative or less valuable than obviously active behaviours, can be significant evidence of student learning. Specifically, viewing other students’ work is demonstrated to be a stronger (or equal) correlation of student success compared to any other behaviour measured in the virtual design studios studied. It is hypothesised that this activity is part of a larger set of social learning behaviours that contribute to a general social press or ‘ecology’ of studio learning. This finding has important implications for the design and implementation of virtual studios (technically and in learning design) and these are reported specifically for the interest and use of learning designers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISBN: 1-9998331-0-4, 978-1-9998331-0-7
Keywords: distance education; design education; Virtual Design Studio; social learning
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
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Item ID: 52977
Depositing User: Derek Jones
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 11:55
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 21:02
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