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2019 Digital Learning Research Grant Report is available now!

Monday March 8, 2021

In 2019, the AASA announced a new research grant that focuses on online learning in response to the early research work undertaken by Professor Glen Hill (University of Sydney). These include ‘Tutorless Design Studio: A Radical Experiment in Blended Learning’ (2017) and Online Learning and Teaching in Architectural Education Symposium and Workshop’ (2017).

Following Professor Hill’s recommendation report, the first AASA Digital Learning Research Grant (DLRG) was launched in 2019. In total, the AASA had received four high-quality proposals from AASA members. After careful consideration by the jury (Dr Dermott McMeel, University of Auckland, Steven Feast, Curtin University and Jolanda Morkel, Cape Peninsula University of Technology), the grant was awarded to Dr Rongrong Yu, Dr Henry Skates, Prof Ning Gu, Prof Michael Ostwald’s proposal, ‘Evaluating the Effectiveness of Online-teaching in Architecture Courses’.

This research explores online learning effectiveness within architectural programmes in design studios and theory/skill-focused architecture courses. This research aims to contribute to the (currently lacking) body of knowledge on blended learning, specifically in architectural education, and create a good precedent for blended learning interventions (studio and theory courses) in architectural education.

‘Evaluating the Effectiveness of Online-teaching in Architecture Courses’ is jointly developed by Architecture & Design, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University; School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia and Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales. The AASA is pleased to announce that the report has been completed in early 2021. Download the report [PDF, 510KB].

Acknowledgement: A big thank you to Dr Dermott McMeel, Steven Feast and Jolanda Morkel, for contributing their time and expertise to the assessment of the 2019 AASA DRLG!