Digital imagery, a new learning model
The teaching resource based on digital photographs which detail specific features in construction sites, such as floors, stairs, slabs and columns, among others, now has a web platform to store images which are later shown in class.Manizales, 15 de marzo de 2016 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
The method will be applied by Universidad de Girona Professor Joan Fontas Serrat, for the course called “Constructive analyses from the visual perspective” which will be taught for construction master’s candidates after Holy Week in the Architecture Program at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal) in Manizales.
The model captures the experience in his country of origin taking into account doctoral research which hopes to implant a teaching model based on visual imagery.
The academic novelty includes three types of images (fixed, building in progress and finished buildings) which with help of technology will help both the teacher and students in the teaching-learning relationship.
“Construction is very visual and tactile, but in the classroom this has resource and time limitations, because not all worksites may be visited or when we do we are limited to what is in progress at the time. Inclusively a scale model (mock up) is another good resource which also needs time and money,” said Fontas.
“This process of uploading images deserves previous summoning of students so they can also contribute imagery. This means they are also using time besides class for the purpose of learning,” he said.
Innovation and improvement of educational practices as Fontas says does not pretend to detract from other methods. “As teachers we sometimes do not reflect on how we teach. I am just gathering ways to do it in a useful form with help from technology and assistance in virtual education”.
The work method which has already been used in Spain will show how effective it is as the course progresses. “We are not immediately grading students as in practice is when we will know if they really learned,” said Fontas, who visited the El Cable campus, thanks to an agreement between UNal and the Universidad de Girona.
This research field (not applied in this occasion) also includes other tools such as computer graphics, videogames, publicity, films and interactive games which create a connection with the human being capable of making them react, interpret, analyze and understand the material he/she is observing, thanks to advancements in the digital era.
Fontas is a professor at the Universidad de Girona with a focus on analysis of the construction process and also has a PhD in Construction, Restoration and Architectural Rehabilitation.(Por: Fin/IJR/MLA/APBL