Architecture professor Alexis Gregory has paper accepted into BTES summer conference

April 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Architecture professor Alexis Gregory has paper accepted into BTES summer conference

Alexis Gregory’s paper, “Teaching Building Technology Through Haptic Learning Techniques,” has been accepted into the 2013 Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) conference.

Gregory, AIA, is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at MSU. Her paper will be presented at the conference, which will be held on July 12-13 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Papers that best matched this year’s conference theme of “Teaching Tectonics” were chosen and blind-reviewed by three peers.

Paper Abstract:
“Students struggle to understand concepts and the application of those concepts when they are only engaged in a lecture hall. The proliferation of only visual and verbal learning techniques is not enough to help our students understand the materials and technologies necessary in architecture. Haptic learning techniques take the visual and verbal and make it real for our students. This paper posits that the addition of haptic learning techniques in construction technology classes will not only strengthen the connection between the visual and the actual, but also create more opportunities to teach the materials and technologies our students will need to become successful architects. The traits of Millennial students and how those traits can be harnessed to integrate haptic learning in construction technology courses will be discussed, as well as courses that have implemented these ideas and techniques.

Construction technology courses teach the traits of materials and the construction detailing of those materials in relation to the architectural design. Student projects range from scaled structural models to help students understand the limitations and connections of the materials and structural systems to full scale details of structural connections that help students better understand all of the decisions inherent in design and its impact on the architecture. Smaller scale projects allow a different level of haptic experience by giving the students the opportunity to both design and construct their ideas. These haptic learning techniques not only help the students better understand design and its relationship to construction, but also their integrated relationship and how important it is they work together to create beautiful architecture.”

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