Teaching Parametric Urban Design in a Blended Learning Format: Entering the Pocket University

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On the basis of a theoretical discussion of the concept of blended learning, this paper presents the pre- paration, execution and evaluation of a 5 ECTS blended learning course on parametric urban design for a group of some 50 BSc students of architecture and design at Aalborg university in the Spring of 2014.
The paper takes its point of departure in a stated ambition to seek ways to not only maintain but to also increase the quality of learning in higher education, despite declining budgets for higher education, changing student demographics, lack of time, support and funding for course and curriculum develop- ment, and di culties to nd time for research.
Despite the general consensus that developing online/blended learning courses requires both technical support, complex software installations, and substantial preparation time, it is shown that free web ser- vices and low-tech adaptations of traditional teaching assets are su cient to get started with blended learning with only little extra e ort.
While the pilot blended learning course which provided the insights for this paper has room for impro- vement, it represents a decent rst shot at developing blended learning courses for higher education in a guerrilla manner, without having to mobilise university administrations, IT support, specialized labs for content production, nor to depend on special funding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First OIKONET international Conference : Global Dwelling: Research, Education, Community Participation
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-84-939814-0-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventGlobal Dwelling: First Oikonet International Conference - School of Architecture, La Salle University, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 25 Sep 201426 Sep 2015
Conference number: 1


ConferenceGlobal Dwelling
LocationSchool of Architecture, La Salle University


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