Finding space between design thinking and CAD training

Dickson, Michael (2011). Finding space between design thinking and CAD training. In: Acrhitecture at the Edge: Association of Architecture Schools Australasia 2011 International Conference, Geelong, Vic., Australia, (). 19-20 September 2011.

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Author Dickson, Michael
Title of paper Finding space between design thinking and CAD training
Conference name Acrhitecture at the Edge: Association of Architecture Schools Australasia 2011 International Conference
Conference location Geelong, Vic., Australia
Conference dates 19-20 September 2011
Place of Publication Geelong, Vic., Australia
Publisher Deakin University
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 8
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Teaching technological skills and applications through fixed course structures is challenging
in that technologies evolve rapidly, learner’s prior knowledge is diverse and issues of
judgment and application often fall into the background. In order to keep pace with
technological evolution and the diversity of applications, technology teaching, specifically
software applications, needs to be nimble, broad and diverse, learner centered and forms an
umbrella over a much wider area of a learner’s environment.
This paper will report on the evolution of software technology teaching at the University of
Queensland, School of Architecture. Over the past four years the program has evolved from a
fixed curriculum embedded in established course structures to become an umbrella program
running in parallel. Background research informing this teaching template has been developed
from practice surveys, student response surveys, engagement studies and literature research.
Though the current incarnation of the program is still evolving, it has triggered questions
about didactic teaching and the effectiveness of blended online and face to face environments.
Feedback and reflection on the latest program incarnations has generated some valuable
insights and practical advice that can inform future development of blended learning
environments, especially when the learning is focused on specific technologies and skills. The
intention is to share these insights at the same time our online program will be launched as an
open educational resource platform. Conceptually, such open and blended environments
offers the potential for greater engagement with our profession, other disciplines and cross
institutional collaboration which in turn can lead to more authentic, sustainable and quality
resources for learners.
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Created: Fri, 21 Oct 2011, 09:53:15 EST by Mr Michael Dickson on behalf of School of Architecture