Recipe: Prepare Your Mind Studio

In the book A Technique for Producing Ideas (2003), James Webb Young states that a critical stage in the design process is simply preparing your mind and that designers in particular are interested in all things; inquisitive, questioning, explorative. The idea behind preparation is that designers make use of certain types of cognition to createContinue reading “Recipe: Prepare Your Mind Studio”

Assessment – some notes

Edited by Derek Jones and Jolanda Morkel Meetup 02 focused on assessment and in particular on what changes design educators are considering in response to current crises. You can find the live notes from the session here. If anyone from the session spots anything we’ve missed or wishes to edit anything then please let meContinue reading “Assessment – some notes”

Meetup 01 – Distance Design Education

The first #DistanceDesignEd Meetup was held on Wednesday 18 March and covered the MASSIVE topic of Distance Design Education! The live note document and text chat is here please keep adding to that document (resources, comments, ideas). Robert O’Toole also posted some notes by Bo Kelestyn here: http://www.inspireslearning.com/journal/advice-for-teaching-online/ The recording is here: Thanks to everyoneContinue reading “Meetup 01 – Distance Design Education”

Meetup: 02 – Assessment

The second #DistanceDesignEd Meetup was held on Tuesday 24 March on the subject of Assessment. The live note document is here and this also has a capture of the text chat. Please keep adding to this (resources, comments, ideas). We’ll post soon with a a summary on the topic. Thanks to all contributors so farContinue reading “Meetup: 02 – Assessment”

Recipe: On writing a recipe

We’ve chosen to use recipes to communicate a lot of the ideas in this blog. This is because the recipe is a good way to share lots of different types of knowledge (research, practice, experience, tips, stories) from many different contributors (students, tutors, academics, anyone with a story…). The recipe is a ‘sticky concept –Continue reading “Recipe: On writing a recipe”

Recipe: Studio model: The Chunky studio

This recipe follows on from the first #DistanceDesignEd discussion, where we spent a bit of time talking about chunks of learning. A chunk is an informal term for a piece of learning and teaching that is easily packaged to make it: easy to understand as a whole; relatively quick to complete; with a clear outcomeContinue reading “Recipe: Studio model: The Chunky studio”

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.Continue reading “Week 1 in #DistanceDesignED”

Virtual Design Studios

The design studio is a signature pedagogy in art and design education (Crowther 2013; Shulman 2005). It provides a physical, social and cultural place within which students can simulate real world practice without the associated risks and with expert practitioner and pedagogical support in the form of the studio tutor (Schön 1987; Kimbell 2011). Therefore,Continue reading “Virtual Design Studios”

Recipe: Make crisis your curriculum

If you’re a design educator who is/has been a practitioner, how many times did you have a perfect submission deadline? One you completed well in advance with no last minute panics? No last minute plotter ink running out? Hard drive packing up with that 1.1GB PS file? Never? Feel free to post in the commentsContinue reading “Recipe: Make crisis your curriculum”

Recipe: Motivating students working remotely

By Georgy Holden, Senior Lecturer in Design, The Open university Keeping students engaged and motivated is crucial at a distance – especially to avoid last-minute panics with assignments and projects. Research shows that distance students more than any other group are particularly sensitive to external factors and life events. But it also reveals that regular,Continue reading “Recipe: Motivating students working remotely”