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Integrated Value Model to Assess the Sustainability of Active Learning Activities and Strategies in Architecture Lectures for Large Groups

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Department of Architectural Technology, The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Av. Diagonal 649, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning, UPC, Av. Diagonal 649, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UPC, Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2917; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102917
Received: 9 April 2019 / Revised: 6 May 2019 / Accepted: 14 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
At present, university professors lack the tools to know which is the most sustainable activity and/or strategy that should be incorporated into large-group theoretical classes in order to improve our students’ learning process whilst taking each scenario into account. These scenarios have different order thinking levels, numbers of students, available time, classroom size and professor skills, among other factors to consider. In architecture schools we have this problem in theoretical lectures. This project has developed and applied a new multi-criteria decision making tool incorporating a mathematical algorithm in order to choose the best set of active learning activities for each case for these lectures in architectural technology courses. This process has relied on seminars involving experts and the use of The Integrated Value Model for Sustainable Assessment. This tool has been very useful to solve the aforementioned problems because architecture professors have been able to choose the most sustainable activity for each scenario considering the alternative sustainability indexes. This first application has been highly useful to assist professors to incorporate active learning methodologies in their classes and to promote lecturers’ management of their course contents and time. Future improved versions of this tool will increase its interactivity and broaden its scope. View Full-Text
Keywords: MCDM; MIVES; AHP; Knapsack; architecture; active learning; lectures; Bloom Taxonomy MCDM; MIVES; AHP; Knapsack; architecture; active learning; lectures; Bloom Taxonomy
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Pons, O.; Franquesa, J.; Hosseini, S.M.A. Integrated Value Model to Assess the Sustainability of Active Learning Activities and Strategies in Architecture Lectures for Large Groups. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2917.

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