Abstract

This study focuses on the reflective social environment within design studio course education. Studio critique, through which teachers and students reflect, is the medium of interaction and communication. In order to address issues related to communication and reflective interactions, a supplemental online environment is proposed to be used parallel to studio. To form an engaging online environment, social network sites are taken as a model, showing similarities with design studio and being the predominant online communication media. For testing this proposition, online network sites are used parallel to studio courses in an action research programme. Interviews and questionnaires with teachers and students identified five specific limitations in studios; temporal, spatial, archival, relational, hierarchical. Network sites were content analysed to find out if the uses addressed these limitations. Findings showed that the supplemental online platform functioned as an online archive connecting everybody in studio and partially answered temporal, spatial, hierarchical limitations.

Keywords:

design studio course; studio critique; reflective interactions; social network sites

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Online Reflective Interactions on Social Network Sites in Design Studio Course

This study focuses on the reflective social environment within design studio course education. Studio critique, through which teachers and students reflect, is the medium of interaction and communication. In order to address issues related to communication and reflective interactions, a supplemental online environment is proposed to be used parallel to studio. To form an engaging online environment, social network sites are taken as a model, showing similarities with design studio and being the predominant online communication media. For testing this proposition, online network sites are used parallel to studio courses in an action research programme. Interviews and questionnaires with teachers and students identified five specific limitations in studios; temporal, spatial, archival, relational, hierarchical. Network sites were content analysed to find out if the uses addressed these limitations. Findings showed that the supplemental online platform functioned as an online archive connecting everybody in studio and partially answered temporal, spatial, hierarchical limitations.

 

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