High-Definition Screens for Architecture Studios: Digital Media Pedagogy Integration
Additional HD screens in studios will enable the integration of new media content into studio teaching and provide continued support for digital technology pedagogy and the reduction of student printing costs.
This project is a follow-up to a successful 2015-16 pilot program that improved and innovated architecture studio teaching through the use of portable high-definition screens in five selected architecture studios. The pilot program was made possible with funding from the ISU Computation Advisory Committee. Surveyed responses to the screens were extremely positive, with the 100 impacted students reporting increased use of digital media, improved classroom experience, enhanced learning outcomes, and savings on printing costs. When presented with these findings in January 2017 the twenty-seven Department of Architecture faculty present voted unanimously to develop a second CAC program in response to the successes of the pilot. The requested funding of $17,412.93 will be used to purchase seventeen additional sets of screens and presentation accessories. This will provide one screen for each architecture studio and will impact every student in the Department of Architecture: 301 undergraduate students and 63 graduate students in addition to about 30 interdisciplinary students taught by Architecture faculty for a total of around 400 students impacted by these funds.
Value Statement and Implementation Strategy
In order to be competitive and innovative future architects, it is imperative that Iowa State students develop a flexible skillset for communicating and designing across multiple media. Our 2016 pilot study demonstrated how movable high-definition screens enhanced student learning outcomes by increasing the range and sophistication of methods and media that students can learn and practice in their studios. We collected survey results from 89 architecture students across 4 years of the undergraduate program. 77% reported experimenting with different media as a result of the high-definition screens in their studio. In particular, 90% of students added video to their work and 68% added digital animations to their skillsets. Before the use of screens, this media was rarely used due to the inaccessibility of audiovisual equipment. Additionally, 47% of students used the screens outside of studio time to experiment and practice presentations; about a third of students (31.9%) used them at least once per day. Every student who responded to the question “did the screens improve your educational experience in studio” answered “yes.”
The architectural profession is continuously evolving in response to the latest technology. The pilot study demonstrated how the addition of high-definition screens supports the introduction digital technologies and visual communications skills as they are changing. With the proposed upgrades, other subjects such as history, theory, and building technology can be further integrated into design studio, increasing our teaching effectiveness and greatly improving our students’ learning experience. These upgrades will further impact student learning by allowing more faculty to introduce and experiment with instructional technology in their studios. Bringing a screen into every studio will help Iowa State University continue to lead among design programs through innovative curricula that engages with students through developing technologies.
The screens will be introduced in the Fall 2017 semester followed by a new evaluation and analysis of their impact upon curricula and student learning. This new study will utilize classroom observations, student surveys, and interviews to judge the impact of the screens on classroom culture and student learning outcomes. We will produce a new report on our findings which will be presented to the department and Dean of the College for the consideration of similar upgrades for other Colleges. Based upon the successful 2016 pilot, the Department Chair is prepared to provide additional funds for future purchases.
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|Proposed by:||Nicholas Senske|
|Created:||14 Feb 2017|
|Last Updated:||20 Feb 2017|
Yes - Computer Advisory Committee (CAC)
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