Quartile 4

Geographic Modeling of the Built Environment

7U8X0
General

Overall, this course is graded with a 6. The students experienced the course as interesting and promising, however, the first part is qualified as too basic and too elaborated. The workload of this course is equally distributed through the quartile. For next year, the course can be improved by making a more elaborate study guide and improve the level of English.

Research in Urbanism and Architecture 1

7X0X0
General

The course is in general graded with a 7. The Pecha Kucha event is experienced as very nice and a refreshing way of presenting. The study guide is complete and supported with extra files including an elaboration on the different steps.

Lectures/Project

For the tutoring, some groups did not experience a high and sufficient level of feedback from the tutor (Muxi). The feedback was very basic and not constructive. Also, the English was sometimes hard to follow and this made communicating hard. However, on the other hand, the peer reviews from the others students are experienced as very useful and you learned a lot from each other.

Workload

The workload was experienced quite high. You needed to plan a lot of meetings together with your group members and worked together on the literature grid or paper. This was sometimes hard to achieve because 5 group members all follow different courses in different timeslots.

General

The studyguide was clear, all information was present. The course had to deal with online lectures, the first lectures had bad quality, however this was solved in a really good way by pre-recording the lectures and have them as a live stream. Due to the pre-recorded lectures, the teachers could already answer the questions in the chat,
so there were no interruptions. Also the set up with the Q&A sessions afterwards was nice and useful for the students.

Project

The start of the project was very chaotic, with making the groups. The idea was good, but students were thinking why we did not make groups in canvas, which works much faster. It seems like we lost quite some time by making only the groups. It was not clear to students what the idea was of the course at the beginning. It was not clear what was expected from us and it felt like ‘’you just did something what might be ok?’’ The ‘quizzes’ asking for feedback were nice because the project became a bit more clear afterwards. But a lot of students think that they would have done the project much better when everything was clear from the beginning. Now, it was more about ‘finding out what we have to do this week’ than focusing on the quality of the project itself. Next year, showing an example at the beginning of the course would be helpful.
The planning of first lectures and afterwards tutoring was good. The time schedule was mostly followed well, however, at the beginning, the tutor sessions started with a little ‘small talk’ which was unnecessary since there was already very little time to discuss both groups. Due to this, also some groups experienced less feedback since they were the second group which received feedback in a session. It might be good to have in the 20min schedule also something of a planning so both groups get equal time for receiving feedback.
The feedback given by the different tutors was also changing every week. This makes the process of a group difficult since they have to change things twice. It would be nice to have one clear vision of the tutors which they follow, so they all give us the same information.
The final presentations were scheduled outside the hours reserved for this course, this is not how it should be. The presentations could be on two days or the first part of the final presentations, with the guest lecture, could be removed. It was also mentioned many times that we had to follow a strict schedule and keep in mind the
time, however, the first part already started with a lot of delay. This was because of technical problems but it feels chaotic to students, mainly for the ones that were scheduled after the lunchbreak.

Additional

Writing a paper was something that was not done before for many students (especially the students focusing on architecture) so it was nice to do this since it is a skill you need to have when finishing your bachelor. Maybe a tip, there was in the second year a PRV ‘writing skills’, a lot of students found the PRV weird or unnecessary since they never wrote something in this way and you had to look closely to something that you wrote before. Could it be possible to connect the PRV of writing skills to this course? It would be really helpful to read your own paper as we did during the PRV and make the corresponding assignments.

Walkscapes

7W2X0
General

The course is graded with an 8. Students found it a very interesting course and learned a lot, the course is very open minded and you can really make it your own project. The course takes a different point of view than other ‘regular’ courses. It approaches urbanism from the rather subjective and personal experience-based side, rather than from a technical side.

Lectures/Project

The tutor explains everything very elaborated and she knows what she wants to see as results, but this does not take away that you have to come up with your own idea’s to achieve this. Besides this, the schedule for the afternoon was also appreciated among the students. One meeting per week was enough.

Workload

The workload of this course was quite significant because the course consisted of 4 different parts that needed to be combined in 1 matrix. Also, the finished materials needed to be improved each week. However, when all team members worked together on the course in an efficient way, most students did not experience a high deadline stress.

Course specific points

At the beginning it was not 100% clear what to do in Antwerp. Therefore, students needed to visit the city twice. For next year, maybe it is possible to choose for a Dutch city. This makes it easier to travel.

General

+ not that much criticism from the students!
+ A lovely, interesting course, and most of it was well-aranged.

Lectuers/Project

+ It is very open and free what to make, so it really becomes your work with your own style expression.
- There was a bit of lack of a guideline about what has to be finished on the end. This is actually extra important during this working-at-home era, to point out what the most important parts of the project are. Furthermore, the information of the study guide was not always completely correct, what made it a bit extra unclear.
- It is a bit of a shame that you only get feedback of one person, this is of course due to the work-at-home situation. Perhaps more feedback sessions in which students had to react on each other could have been integrated. It was really helpful that for example Deasy started to add feedback and involved the students in this process.
- Building the models at home was quite difficult because a lack of tools, and quite expensive compared to doing this at the workspace.

Examination

- it would be great to have a kind of mid-term grade, as in a lot of other seminars, so people are aware that they are on the right track or not. - It could have been told a bit earlier that the midterm was shifted towards a week earlier.
- The midterm was not mentioned in Osiris.

Workload

- The workload was quite high, for in other years, people had to make these models in groups of 4. Now they have to do this on their own.

Tectonics and Materiality

7X9X0
General

The course was in general evaluated positive. Students learned to think in a creative but defined way.
The start of the course could go better. Both assignments could be explained better, as some students did not know how to start or what was expected from them. Although it is understandable the teachers do not want to wipe out the creativity right away by giving some examples, some more defined set of guidelines good be given.
Another issue was the studyguide. The course did not have a file with all information but had everything on CANVAS itself. Because most courses still use a single file for the studyguide, every course uses CANVAS in a different way and the fact that students were not used to using CANVAs as a studyguide made information sometimes hard to find.

Lectures/Project

The guidance hours were experienced as very useful. Critical and useful feedback was given by the tutors. It was nice that at the guidance hours of the second assignment you could also see the work of others and learn from the feedback they got. Perhaps this is also a good idea for the first assignment.

Examination

For both assignments it was clear what needed to be handed in. The deadlines given were doable, as the workload was not too high (but also not to low). One improvement point is that the grades for the first assignment were not given. The meant that students did not know how they performed.