Taking care of mind and body – the Corona Semester as a challenge for the ‘leib’

A working note. By Andreas Ken Lanig. In this article I would like to discuss a few of these and reflect on particular experiences from distance learning that can be helpful in countering such deficits. I’m sure you’ve experienced this too in these strange days – Staff and students are doubly tired: First, the amountContinue reading “Taking care of mind and body – the Corona Semester as a challenge for the ‘leib’”

Designing in partnership with students at a distance

This blog was co-authored by Abbie Jackson, Anna Ward-Stancheva,  Leo Rees-Evans, Mar Reyes and Rebekah Manston, Design and Innovation students at the Open University as well as Georgy Holden and Nicole Lotz, Senior Lecturers at the Open University. On June 25th 2020, the third annual exhibition of work of OU design students was launched. Our studentsContinue reading “Designing in partnership with students at a distance”

The Guide to Creating Distance Design Courses is finally here!

As noted in this post, it’s been a bit quiet because time’s gone into producing the new guide for Creating Distance Design Courses, which is now available here: https://distancedesigneducation.com/creating-distance-design-courses/ It took a bit longer than expected (it started out as a blog post but ended up being a 20k word monster!), so there’s a fewContinue reading “The Guide to Creating Distance Design Courses is finally here!”

From denial to acceptance: a turning point for design studio in architecture education

James Benedict Brown At the time of writing, in early May 2020, most architecture educators have passed through all five stages of the Kübler-Ross model of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance (Kübler-Ross, 1969). We spent the first two months of the year in a politically-sanctioned period of denial. When it became apparent that theContinue reading “From denial to acceptance: a turning point for design studio in architecture education”

Meetup 03: Crisis Curriculum

The third meetup was held on Wednesday 8 April 2020 on the subject of Crisis Curriculum (full recording below). You can find the meeting notes here (please feel free to keep adding). And you can find the presentation with prompt questions here. As always, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussion.

Recipe: Quick social studio

This recipe comes from The Open University course U101: Design Thinking, where, right at the start of the course, we want students to engage with the material in an active way that will encourage them to continue. At the same time, the activity has to: introduce students to distance learning; introduce them to the subjectContinue reading “Recipe: Quick social studio”