The Department of Architecture and Planning, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), joined forces to organize a short course on September 15-17, 2023, as part of their commitment to fostering resilient education.
The program brought together active members of the student societies in both departments, which are Keluarga Mahasiswa Teknik Arsitektur (KMTA) and UTP Civil Engineering Student’s Society (UCITY), facilitating students with dynamic learning experience and knowledge exchange in managing the societies.
This joint short course has been implemented annually since 2021 with different sets of participants and challenges, designed as a collaborative learning platform for students with different backgrounds, universities, and nationalities.
This year, the activity delved into the importance of achieving resilient building design concerning nature, low-to-zero energy design, and the necessity to minimize risk through the trade-off between conflicting design criteria.
Thirty-four students with different study backgrounds (architecture and civil engineering), nationalities, personalities, and levels of knowledge (2nd and 3rd-year students) joined the 2023 course as participants, with four UGM and three UTP lecturers as their facilitators.
The seven lecturers were Dr. Jatmika Adi Suryabrata, Dr. Nedyomukti Imam Syafii, Dr. Agus Hariyadi, Dr. Yani Rahmawati, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Bashar Sami Mohammed, Ir. Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Abdul Wahab, and Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Zahiraniza Mustaffa.
Unlike last year, the 2023 course was conducted face-to-face, featuring physical joint lectures, site investigations, group discussions, group presentations, and evaluations.
Students were grouped with a specific formation and given a project design case to solve together. Each group was evaluated based on the achievement of the design criteria, creativity, and presentation.
The multi-dimensional collaborative learning platform proved valuable for helping these architecture and civil engineering students understand nature, collaborate, and make a best-fit integrated decision on resilient and low-energy building systems.
It was also found that grouping, the integrated learning process, structured briefs, and instructions are key factors contributing to the success of the learning process. Meanwhile, the duration of the activities was noted as a major challenge.
Securing Gold at International Putra InnoCreative Carnival
The joint short course’s impact extended beyond the classroom, earning a gold medal at the International Putra InnoCreative Carnival in Teaching and Learning 2023, organized by Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Additionally, the previous collaborative activities in 2021 and 2022 have successfully secured some awards similar to this achievement, including a gold medal from the International University Carnival on Teaching and Learning (IUCEL) 2022 and first runner-up at the 3 Minutes Video Competition on Teaching and Learning 2022, and have been featured in a Q1/Q2 journal.
Author: Department of Architecture and Planning, UGM Faculty of Engineering