Overview

In this activity, students work in groups (3-5 students per group) to investigate local library design. Groups choose a specific library building to study, and each group must collect data on the library's design (through guided tours, photos, online research, etc.).
Data collection is done outside of class. In class, students bring their raw data to their group and work together on assimilating the data and creating a 15-20 minute-long presentation on their assigned library. The instructor uses class time to answer questions and guide students with their projects.
Students present their library project in front of the entire class ...

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In this activity, students work in groups (3-5 students per group) to investigate local library design. Groups choose a specific library building to study, and each group must collect data on the library's design (through guided tours, photos, online research, etc.).
Data collection is done outside of class. In class, students bring their raw data to their group and work together on assimilating the data and creating a 15-20 minute-long presentation on their assigned library. The instructor uses class time to answer questions and guide students with their projects.
Students present their library project in front of the entire class and receive peer feedback on their projects.
Finally, groups submit their project for evaluation by the instructor, and also perform a small survey to evaluate themselves and their group members with respect to their participation in the group work.

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Objectives

Students should learn: division of labour among group members, observational skills, research skills, as well as critical thinking skills, such as analysis and evaluation.
Students should be able to convey meaningful information about library design to the rest of the class and be able to give context for the time and place of their assigned library design, and its relation to other interior design from the same period in history.

Context and requirements

Level College/First year university
Discipline Applied Arts
Activity Content Interior Design
Technological Requirements Laptops
Best Use Case Study

Author’s Notes

Benefits

There is less homework and more guided class time by getting students to perform raw data collection outside of class and data integration inside of class. Groups also work more cohesively together during dedicated class time.

Challenges

Student dynamics are challenge for any type of group work, and it can be difficult to ensure that each student is contributing equally to a given project.

Tips

Get students to assign themselves roles in their group. It makes them accountable and that sense of responsibility to the group will make sure they get their part of the project completed.
Make sure the raw data collection is done outside of class so that class time can be used productively on the final report and presentation.
Having self- and peer-evaluation for group work that counts as participation marks also ensures that students pull their weight in the group.

Activity Pedagogical Components

Case Study

Outside of class, students collect raw data on the design space, including information that gives an indication of the context of the space (time, location, reasons for building, client, purpose, etc.).

Project-Based Learning

In class, students get into their groups and put together all their raw data. From these data, they then create a presentation. Since this work is done during class, the instructor is available to help and guide students with their projects.

Groups present their assigned design space (15-20 minute presentation). The rest of the class is expected to ask questions and provide peer feedback.

Groups hand in their presentation for grading by the instructor. Students also perform self and group evaluation: they evaluate themselves on their contribution to the project, and also on the participation of their other group members. This counts toward their professionalism grade for the course.

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