Interior Design Program


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A thesis presented to the faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Architecture, under the supervision of Professor Betsy Gabb. Lincoln, Nebraska: August 2012

Copyright 2012 Tracy A. Fichera


Technology has affected the way in which we live and work and many Interior Design programs have transitioned at least a portion of their curriculum to an online format; however, for many reasons most have been hesitant to convert the studio. One concern many faculty have is that distance education cannot facilitate the same environment or provide the individualized attention that face-to-face studio offers. In this study, the effectiveness of distance delivery studio courses in interior design education will be explored to find out if they can be as successful as face-to-face studio courses. Standards set forth by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) are utilized to benchmark success in each delivery format. Research data may help readers to decide whether it would be beneficial to transition their own traditional face-to-face studio courses to a distance delivery format and could help with course development for all delivery types.