Virtual Design Studio within a Social Network

Marc Aurel Schnabel*, Jeremy J. Ham

*Corresponding author for this work

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Online interactions, multimedia, mobile computing and face-to-face learning create blended learning environments to which some Virtual Design Studios (VDS) have reacted. Social Networks (SN), as instruments for communication, have provided a potentially fruitful operative base for VDS. These technologies transfer communication, leadership, democratic interaction, teamwork, social engagement and responsibility away from the design tutors to the participants. The implementation of a Social Network VDS (SNVDS) moved the VDS beyond its conventional realm and enabled students to develop architectural design that is embedded into a community of learners and their expertise both online and offline. Problem-based learning (PBL) becomes an iterative and reflexive process facilitating deep learning. The paper discusses details of the SNVDS, its pedagogical implications to PBL, and presents how the SNVDS is successful in empowering architectural students to collaborate and communicate design proposals that integrate a variety of skills, deep learning, knowledge and construction with a rich learning experience. COPYRIGHT:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-415
Number of pages19
JournalElectronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • PBL
  • Problem-based learning
  • Social learning
  • Social networking
  • VDS
  • Web2.0


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