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e-Learning

There is a consensus among universities that e-Learning has become an increasingly important tool for teachers and students in architectural education. The exponential growth of e-Learning makes it important that learning should happen at greater pace and depth. In meeting this challenge, one requires new thinking about the ways and means of acquiring knowledge and skills as well as ways and means of developing learning resources that can keep pace with the changing knowledge environment.

The AASA has attempted to respond to some of the e-Learning issues faced by educators and students at the AGM last year. A one-day event, “Online Learning and Teaching in Architectural Education Symposium and Workshop” was held at the School of Architectural Design and Planning at the University of Sydney on 29 September 2017. The symposium was attended by 27 academics from Australia, New Zealand and PNG.

Five different themes were explored and presented by eight academics from Australia and New Zealand at the symposium. The themes were curated by Professor Glen Hill with focus on addressing some of the most common issues in e-Learning space. They were: “Geographic Freedom” (Synchronous e-Learning); “Temporal Freedom” (Asynchronous e-Learning); “A Bridge Too Far” (e-Learning in Design); “e-Measures of Success” (student assessment/information/feedback management) and “Flippin’ Classrooms for Flippin’ Students”. Participants were also invited to attend group discussions after each presentation.

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Professor Glen Hill and University of Sydney for hosting the symposium. Also to presenters Steven Feast + Boon Ong (Curtin University); Paul Loh (University of Melbourne); Milica Muminovic (University of Canberra); Annabel Pretty + Renata Jadresin Milic (Unitec); Amit Srivastava (University of Adelaide) and Michael Dudding (Victoria University of Wellington).

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