Week 1 in #DistanceDesignED

That week went quickly! From starting the blog on Sunday to 4000+ veiws; and from a few quickly typed words on distance design education to holding an online discussion with 75 Design Education academics.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far; judging by the messages we are receiving it is appreciated and useful. (and apologies if we haven’t replied to you yet – we have a lot of messages to get through – will get there…).

So, we’ve decided to keep the site and activities going.

Our aim: is to support the international design education community during the COVID-19 crisis using shared, open and freely available resources in response to real challenges faced by that community .

To do this we need:

  • Feedback on what you need – we are experts in distance design education but we’re not experts in your contexts and your students’ needs. So please let us know what else we can provide that might help.
  • Ideas for content – questions, problems, situations, any challenges you are facing as a design educator having to change your practice. Please add these to the THE big #DistanceDesignEd FAQ 
  • Recipes – if you have an example of something you are doing that’s working then please share it with the community. The recipe format works well here because it’s quick to do and easy to share.
  • Articles – if you have expertise in any area of distance design education then please think about writing an article. Get in touch and we’ll add you to the contributor list.

The other critical thing is that we are able to stay in touch. We have set up a mailing list and will contact everyone who subscribed to the blog, left their details following the last meetup, and who have contacted us directly.

In the meantime, subscribe to the #DistanceDesignEd blog now to get updates:

Coming up next week

We are planning two follow up discussions:

The topics for these session haven’t quite been confirmed so please suggest one. The discussion on Wednesday highlighted:

  • Prototyping and materiality
  • Building communities at a distance
  • Assessment
  • Time: synchronous vs asynchronous working

We’ll also continue to add articles and recipes. Until then, please stay safe everyone.

Published by Derek Jones

Derek Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Design at The Open University (UK), part of the OU Design Group, and the Convenor of the DRS Pedagogy SIG. His main research interests are: the pedagogy of design and creativity, embodied cognition in physical and virtual environments, and theories of design knowledge.

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