Systems of Representation. A Space for Constructing Knowledge
Systems of Representation (in Spanish, SDR—Sistemas de Representación) is an open learning space that fosters the creation of links between different subjects: art and architecture, graphic design and visual communication, visual studies and representation. In this space, learning is the result of building relations between the different subject-matters in multiple ways. Teachers become designers and facilitators of the learning processes which students develop according to their own skills and interests. These learning processes exemplify a design thinking by which knowledge is acquired without adhering to established methods. Teachers and students contribute to creating the learning resources through the web-based learning environment SDR: NET. The adopted blended-learning model integrates the activities that are carried out in the classroom and in the web environment.
In the courses taught since the academic year 2007/2008, Mario Hernández, Ángel Martin and Albert Vallverdú, architects, and Marta Sabat, a graduate in fine arts, have collaborated in the design of the learning activities and the orientation of the groups of students. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of those students who with their motivation, dedication and effort have made this course a space for the construction of knowledge. Finally, the author would like to thank Lisa Kinnear, who did a final proof-reading the text.
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