Web 2.0 VDS: Social networking as a facilitator of design education
Authors: Ham, Jeremy J; Schnabel, Marc Aurel
ABSTRACT: In 2009, Deakin University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong trailed the use of
Web 2.0 technologies to enhance learning outcomes in a third year architectural design studio that was
modelled on the Virtual Design Studios (VDS) of past decades. The studio developed the VDS further
by integrating a social learning environment into the blended learning experience.
The Web 2.0 VDS utilised the social networking sites Ning.com, YouTube and Skype; various 3D
modelling and video- and/or image-processing software; plus chat-software. These were used in
combination to deliver lectures, communicate learning goals, disseminate learning resources, submit
work, and provide feedback and comments on various design works in assessing students’ outcomes.
This paper centres on issues of learning and teaching associated with the development of a Social
Network VDS (SNVDS).