AusWeb 97 Third Australian
World Wide Web Conference

Web-Mediated Courses: The Revolution in On-line Design Education

Simeon J. Simoff, Key Centre of Design Computing, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Phone +61 2 9351 5297 Fax: +61 2 9351 3031

Mary Lou Maher, Key Centre of Design Computing, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Phone +61 2 9351 4108 Fax: +61 2 9351 3031


On-line Learning, World Wide Web, Computer-mediated Design Education, Web Courseware, Educational Technology


At the end of 20th century computer technology is characterised by the convergence of multimedia and networking, which has increased the popularity of computers among educators. Within this technological emergence, the World Wide Web (WWW) has proven to be a valuable tool for design education in terms of connecting students to an enormous fund of information and for delivering various multimedia learning materials. This paper presents two computer-mediated design courses, a Virtual Design Studio (VDS) based on the design studio experience, and Computer-Based Design (CBD) based on a more structured learning approach. Experience from these Web-mediated courses suggests that learning approaches taken from face-to-face design courses need to be reconceptualised to take into account the unique opportunities offered by distributed computer media. We present the use of structured hypermedia and an on-line designers' logbook techniques for improving the quality of the learning experience.


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