Title: Supporting architecture education using the MACE system

Authors: Martin Wolpers, Martin Memmel, Moritz Stefaner

Addresses: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology, Schloss Birlinghoven, D-53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany. ' Knowledge Management Department, DFKI GmbH, D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany. ' Interaction Design Lab, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Pappelallee 8–9, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany

Abstract: Today, digital learning resources in architecture are spread over a growing number of repositories world-wide. Students of architecture face increasing problems finding and being aware of appropriate learning resources they need within their collaborative and/or exploratory learning scenarios. The Metadata for Architectural Contents in Europe (MACE) system addresses these issues by intelligently aggregating and linking information about learning resources from various repositories. We show how, by establishing explicit relations between the learning resources and by adding community features, students are supported in their learning activities. First experiments indicate that the chosen approach improves the results students can achieve in their studies.

Keywords: technology enhanced learning; learning resources; contextualised attention metadata; social hubs; learning community; architecture education; MACE.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2010.031264

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2010 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.132 - 144

Published online: 27 Jan 2010 *

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