Category: Design education

  • T190: Design practices – Module overview

    T190: Design practices – Module overview

    T190: Design practices is the first of a series of new modules that will form the brand new Bachelor of Design qualification (BDes). T190 provides a foundation in design practice by introducing the principles and skills from topics in different creative and design disciplines. These principles and skills are learned by applying them to a […]

  • Presenting Futures Literacy to the Scottish Government

    Presenting Futures Literacy to the Scottish Government

    One of the things we get to do now and again as academics is to speak to governments and politicians in policy areas we are interested in. This year, the OU in Scotland contributed to the Royal Society of Chemistry event Science and the Parliament event. This brings together scientists, business, politicians, and government to […]

  • Designing for the future of mobility: A Day at Coventry Museum of Transport

    Designing for the future of mobility: A Day at Coventry Museum of Transport

    In an era dominated by remote work, the significance of in-person collaborative design events cannot be overstated. While our students study design at a distance, the occasional face-to-face gathering remains crucial for boosting morale and fostering a sense of community that can be challenging to achieve remotely. Amidst the constraints imposed by the pandemic, opportunities […]

  • Our Design Internship Sisterhood

    Our Design Internship Sisterhood

    By Ida Rodrigues and Cindy Darbandi (OU Design Curriculum Interns and Consultants) In 2022, the Open University developed a virtual internship opportunity to support the diversification of the new design curriculum. We applied separately for the two intern roles that were available while studying different courses towards our design degrees. We both were curious about […]

  • Dancing with Decolonial Curriculum Theorists: A Search for the Middle Path in Design Education

    Dancing with Decolonial Curriculum Theorists: A Search for the Middle Path in Design Education

    Introduction Over the years, the definition and understanding of curriculum have evolved and continue to evolve. Around five decades ago, Grumet (1981) defined curriculum as the stories we tell students about the past, present, and future, and a decolonial view of this curriculum definition questions the stories students are being told about their past, present, […]

  • WIDE Women in Innovation, Design and Engineering

    WIDE Women in Innovation, Design and Engineering

    Women in Innovation, Design and Engineering Conference at Walton Hall   By Claudia Eckert and Fiona Gleed The School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University has been organising Women in Engineering conferences, targeted at female students, since 2016. After a three-year break enforced by Covid, we have finally been able to go back […]

  • Teaching ‘Climate Creativity’

    A few months ago, I was invited by Kathmandu University as a guest lecturer to run a workshop on Climate Creativity for their final year BA students in Design and Fine Art. The three-week-long workshop was part of their Studio Practice module and through a practice-based approach aimed at generating reflection on the relationship between […]

  • The inclusive design studio

    The inclusive design studio

    I have been fortunate to experience diverse studio-based education approaches in different parts of the world and in different modes (hybrid, virtual, community-based, etc.). I position myself as a design education scholar with a particular interest in diversity and the socio-cultural contexts of designing. As a Senior Lecturer in Design at the Open University, I design online studios and […]

  • U101 – A Triumphant Return to Face-Face Tutorials

    U101 – A Triumphant Return to Face-Face Tutorials

    Module U101: Design Thinking in the 21st Century, has always had, since its launch in 2010, a tradition of running face to face tutorials (day schools) to augment the online module delivery and tutorials. While the student attendance at these events had seen a gradual decline in recent years, nevertheless, from those that did regularly […]

  • Digital education for sustainable teachings in the future.

    Digital education for sustainable teachings in the future.

    By Dr. Gil Dekel. To achieve sustainable education for the future we need to adopt new ways of teaching that move away from segregating people to uniting people. Divisions in societies are created by such values as individual success of one over the other, or the belief in international competition. On the other hand, teachings […]