Architecture Classes : Blended Learning Environments

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Both Architecture classes were blended learning environments, one of which combined classroom and online learning (Bender & Vredevoogd, 2006). The conjecture was that blended learning enhanced studio courses by allowing all course material to be viewed by all and by having critiques accessible to all students. Although the supposition was that the students would be able to garner understanding from comments made to others in their class and that the electronic collaboration would allow for greater flexibility in reviewing, submitting and refining data, not all students were able to discern and apply comments and suggestions about their work not made directly to them. Instructors also faced increased workloads and there was diminished student-teacher interaction, as class sizes grew larger due to the online format. Still it was believed to greatly enhance the traditional face-to-face studio course (Bender & Vredevoogd, 2006). The final architecture study looked at student satisfaction when comparing computer done artwork with hand renderings (Șenyapili & Basa, 2006). In that instance, even though the students said they would use the computer to keep up with current market trends, they preferred the look and emotional appeal of the hand-produced renderings. Literature Summary The authors in the studies noted a number of potential difficulties in addition to positive outcomes when it came to online classes. The most common online class was Art history, and the majority
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