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!”

Recipe: Making the design process visible

Lawson famously noted that, in observing the design process, “…there is not a lot of action to be seen and what is there cannot be readily understood.” (Lawson, 2005 p.216). This gives us a bit of a challenge in distance design education: if it’s hard enough to ‘see’ it in a traditional setting, how doContinue reading “Recipe: Making the design process visible”

Recipe: One-shot video

Time and location often challenges collaboration and rich communication. We often struggle to convey the details of our work when people are not present. A short, rough video can capture what is already “on the table” without the need for extra notes. Get others close to your thoughts and progress by sharing content and thinkingContinue reading “Recipe: One-shot video”

The preliminary successes and drawbacks of a turn to distance design studio learning.

Dr Lorraine Marshalsey SFHEA It seems the technological campuses of tomorrow have manifested today as an essential and spontaneous response to the COVID-19 world outbreak. This article briefly discusses the current pivot from an on-campus physical design studio curriculum towards a distance learning and online delivery model in higher education.  Many universities have quickly re-focusedContinue reading “The preliminary successes and drawbacks of a turn to distance design studio learning.”

Using remote and onscreen laboratories in online learning

This was original published by Helen Lockett in Design education On April 8, 2020. As many Universities need to quickly move their learning online during the current coronavirus crisis, we have received many questions about our remote and virtual laboratories. This blog collects together useful information about our OpenSTEM Labs and provides links to onlineContinue reading “Using remote and onscreen laboratories in online learning”

Editorial: Ed Tech defining design curriculum

If you’d asked me ‘What drives your design curriculum?’ a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have said Zoom. I’ll shortly have to add a whole list of other technologies, services and ed-tech that are emerging as “class leaders” (That was a satirical pun, by the way). This tech changes how we teach. But I’d argueContinue reading “Editorial: Ed Tech defining design curriculum”

Some academic work on Distance Design Education

There isn’t much research into distance design education and what does exist tends to be informal and/or case study based. This is slowly changing as both design and education research has matured and developed over the past few decades. The excerpts in this post are draft versions of work in progress exploring Virtual Design StudiosContinue reading “Some academic work on Distance Design Education”