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Introducing architectural terminology

Teach students technical vocabulary through web-based graphics and animation, with self-assessment of understanding.

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27 March 2008

Students sometimes avoid the architectural parts of art history courses because architecture uses unfamiliar language and concepts. Teachers wanted to stimulate students’ interest in architecture and ensure that were familiar with basic terminology, and to do it in a short space of time. Students complete a web-based activity, viewing both drawings and also photographs and animations of architectural features (such as a pillar with a Corinthian capital), accompanied by explanatory text, and then checking their understanding with self-assessment questions. [Kim Woods]

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