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id ecaade2016_104
authors Spaeth, A. Benjamin, Dounas, Theodoros and Kieferle, Joachim
year 2016
title Complexity and Simplicity - Tensions in teaching computation to large numbers of architecture students
source Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity - Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 229-236
wos WOS:000402063700026
summary This paper describes the challenges and approaches to introduce computational thinking to a large and diverse group of architecture students during an international workshop with 300 students from different cultural backgrounds and educational levels, also integrating a diverse group of tutors whose computational expertise varied extremely. The approach suggested articulating a design task which enforced computational thinking but enabled different levels of engagement with the computer as a tool. Hypothetically this would allow all participants to engage with the computational thinking agenda regardless their computational affinity even whilst applying analogue methods. Besides the intercultural experience the workshop was successful in exposing a large group of students and tutors to the concepts of computational design whilst accommodating different learning preferences and engagement with the computer as a device.
keywords Computation Education; CAAD; Large Cohorts; Computational Strategies
series eCAADe
email theodoros.dounas@xjtlu.edu.cn
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