Design Education: Teaching in Crisis

Last year we opened a call for papers to capture some of the experiences and lessons from design educators during the Covid-19 global pandemic.

We are delighted to announce the publication of a Special Issue of the Journal of Design and Technology Education (DATE): Design Education: Teaching in Crisis

The Special Issue contains 16 articles, case studies and reflection pieces from a range of educators around the world. They share some important lessons and experiences from the past year, all worth considering as we transition to whatever new normal will be created.

You can read a summary of the articles in the editorial.

Over the next few months we hope to blog about some of articles to keep the discussions going about what we need to change in design education practices in response to the challenges and issues raised during the emergency teaching period.

At some point in 2022 we also hope to arrange an event to bring these discussion together again. Watch this space!

In the meantime, please have a look at the Special Issue – we know that there will be many things you might recognise from your own experiences in there! If you do, let us know (

Derek and Nicole
Guest Editors, DATE Special Issue: Design Education: Teaching in Crisis

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.

2 thoughts on “Design Education: Teaching in Crisis

  1. Very exciting to see this issue in the closing stages of yet another tumultuous year! Many thanks to the editors and contributors … looking forward to applying some of these lessons after a bit of a break.


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