OpenDesignStudio: virtual studio development over a decade

Lotz, Nicole; Jones, Derek and Holden, Georgina (2019). OpenDesignStudio: virtual studio development over a decade. In: Proceedings of the DRS LearnXdesign Conference 2019, 9-12 Jul 2019, Ankara.



This paper presents a case study on OpenDesignStudio (ODS), an online, virtual design studio used to support a Design and Innovation qualification at The Open University (UK). The case presents the main design and development iterations ODS over a period of nearly 15 years and presents recent usage data of large-scale student populations (3000+ students). As such it is one of the largest and longest online, distance design studios, representing a unique longitudinal study of Virtual Design Studio use. The case highlights the importance of learning design, social learning mechanisms, and induction into studio culture.

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