Web 2.0 virtual design studio: Social networking as facilitator of design education

Jeremy J. Ham, Marc Aurel Schnabel*

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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 (VDSs) of the past decades. The studio developed the VDS further by integrating a social learning environment into the blended learning experience. The Web 2.0 VDS utilized the social networking site Ning.com, YouTube, Skype and various three-dimensional modelling, video and image processing, and chat software to deliver lectures, communicate learning goals, disseminate learning resources, submitting, providing feedback and comments to various design works, and assessing of students' outcomes. This research centres on issues of learning and teaching associated with the development of a social network VDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-116
Number of pages9
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Issue numberSPEC. ISSUE
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Architectural education
  • Design studio
  • Social networks
  • Web 2.0


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