Introduction of “Om’nium” The first global virtual design education. W enzhi Chen February 19, 2003. Background. The Om'nium VDS was initiated early in '99 by Australian University of New South Wales Fine art lecturer Rick Bennett.
February 19, 2003
The Om'nium VDS was initiated early in '99 by Australian University of New South Wales Fine art lecturer Rick Bennett.
He saw the project as more that just another distance learning package - "It is a pilot study to explore a radical and future alternative for contemporary tertiary design students. I'm very conscious there are wonderful things going on in design at the moment and I'm quite conscious education is slipping more and more out of touch, in terms of keeping up with technology, through budget cuts... this was a way of looking to the future of how universities might have to start looking if they are to find a new way of educating."
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Department of Architecture, University of Oregon, USA
The Design studio metaphor thus provided students quite literally with: