asynchronous communication platform

20 maart 2012 door ICTO TEAM
Alper Semih Alkan (BK)

Asynchronous Design Follow-up Architectural design education requires working in a combination of both digital and analogue media (digital 2d drawings-3d models, sketches, maps, hand drawings...).

However, the multidimensional characteristics of digital models do not allow the students and the tutors to fully reflect on the projects due to the limitations of the onscreen presentations. Therefore, in our design studio we also want to employ a procedural assessment and documentation framework, where the process of a design project’s development could be tracked down and post-presentation evaluations could be used in a more interactive and asynchronous communication platform. The potential of asynchronous communication will increase both parties’ efficiency by reducing the lost time required for face-to-face weekly contacts, which sometimes cause delays in the development of the projects.
Because of the multiple design software platforms used by students, it is difficult to make precise assessment on the print media which strips substantial amount of data from the digital models and drawings delivered by the students.  In addition to that, more and more students employ tablets in their working process, which serves as a direct input device even for hand drawings and also as a generic console to access content.
Blackboard serves as a repository for files and enables exchange of files and media with students, however it is not possible to exploit the potential of instant accessibility. Additionally its complexity and the number of steps to access the content are great disadvantages in terms of usability. Therefore, to view files, digital drawings and models in our design course we have been utilizing cloud storage (i.e.Dropbox), which already became integral to the tablet devices. However, it is difficult to maintain a structured correspondence with the students, because there is not inherent structure and each semester it has to be setup from scratch with each new group. For these reasons, we want to employ a framework, where different input devices (tablets...) could be used to push content to be shared, reviewed and published online."

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"We want to increase the efficiency of the design studio education both timewise and also contentwise. We want to achieve two aims:

  • Keep track of the design process of students on a platform, where the students’ work can be viewed on internet in a chronological timeline (as they would have their dedicated project blog)
  • Streamlining the file/drawing exchange with the students.
    Providing the students with asynchronous feedback through the mentioned framework, it will also be easier and more convenient for the tutors to keep record of the progress. These records will be used as reference material, which will be published in the department’s project portfolio.

Another potential is to have further performance analyses of the digital models and data provided by the students, which is usually performed through advisory feedback from different disciplines in the faculty. Therefore, such documentation not only serves for communication and archiving but also enables more precise evaluation of the projects. Hence, it aims both at “stimulating cooperation by using digital tools” and “improving communication between lecturer and student during projects.”"

Download the presentation (pdf) Alper Alkan gave about this project during the Grassroot Market June 2013. 

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Docent: Alper Semih Alkan (BK); emailadres:
Jaargang: 2012-2013

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