THE DESIGN STUDIO AS A NETWORK – APPLICATION of CONNECTIVISM in the PLANNING of AN ONLINE LEARNING SPACE

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Abstract

The design studio is the core element in the design curriculum where students gain key knowledge and skills. When the traditional classroom course had to be transferred to an online modality enforced by covid-19 pandemics, re-conceptualization of the structure and contents was required in order to ensure the quality of the teaching and students’ satisfaction. Based on the premise that the contents should not be simply adapted to an online version, but an entirely new learning experience should be created, the redesign of the class was inspired by the principles of connectivism (Siemens, 2005). Connectivism as an alternative learning theory recognizes the societal shifts and the inevitable impact of technology on the learning processes. This new framework for understanding learning, states that knowledge is derived externally of the individual through a process of connecting nodes and patterns recognition. These abilities are considered especially important to prepare design students for the challenges of the profession within the context of the fourth industrial revolution. The paper explores the potential of connectivism as a holistic approach to the planning of the contents of an online design studio. It describes the process of designing the course structure and discusses the challenges encountered in the creation of a connectivist learning environment. The advantages of the networked design studio were verified in a survey on the perceptions of the students in regard to their satisfaction and the effectiveness of their knowledge acquisition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2021
EditorsHilary Grierson, Erik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254149
ISBN (Print)9781912254149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2021 - Herning, Denmark
Duration: 9 Sep 202110 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2021

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2021
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityHerning
Period9/9/2110/9/21

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© PDE 2021.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Education

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