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Creating an information-rich learning environment to enhance design student learning: challenges and approaches

McGill, Lou and Nicol, David and Littlejohn, Allison and Grierson, Hilary and Juster, Neal and Ion, William J. (2005) Creating an information-rich learning environment to enhance design student learning: challenges and approaches. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36 (4). pp. 629-642. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

The use of technology with engineering design students is well established, with shared workspaces being particularly supportive of the collaborative design process. This paper reports on a study where a design knowledge framework involving three learning loops was used to analyse the effectiveness of shared workspaces and digital repositories in supporting design education. The issues discussed include the relationship between knowledge and information structures, the importance of integrating information literacy support, and the need for different systems within the learning environment to support formal and informal storage of resources. These issues are explored within the context of experiences of working in a multidisciplinary team with different approaches, research methodologies, and discourses.