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MID Alumnae Present Their Thesis at DESIGNED FUTURE 2013: DESIGN EDUCATION CONFERENCE
 The DesignED Coalition held the DESIGNED FUTURE 2013: DESIGN EDUCATION CONFERENCE at the University of the Arts June 28–29. The conference spanned two days and hosted traditional speakers, an “unconference” where the conference participants could speak about a topic of their choice, and a writing initiative group of design education leaders, to draft national K-12 design education standards.

The traditional speakers covered a range of topics related to design education–from teaching design history by Steven Heller, to gamification by Kevin Werbach, to the future of robotics by Illah Nourbakhsh.

The second day hosted the “unconference” portion, and we were invited to speak about our MiD thesis we had just completed in May. Our work had focused on how university design students might support high school teachers who are interested in teaching 21st century skills through design-based learning. We built our presentation around the five key learnings we had extracted from our research, and experience working in the classroom. More information on our talk can be found here, in this previous post. The audience that gathered for our presentation was fairly small–around 15 people–and made up of mostly art education professors from universities. Following our slides, the audience had good questions and showed an interest in what the future could look like for supporting teachers in implementing design-based learning.

Also throughout the two days there was a group of design education leaders who had been chosen to be on the “K-12 national design standards writing team”. One of our thesis advisors and the founder of the UArts MiD program, Dr. Charles Burnette, was involved in that initiative. At the end of the conference, the team presented their action plan to write a draft of the standards over the next year. Interestingly, they outlined many of the things that we had already researched, prototyped, and tested through our thesis work. Unfortunately because they were separated from the rest of the conference they did not attend our presentation to hear about the work we had done. We hope to stay in contact with some of the directors of the conference and assist them with fleshing out those standards and what that future can look like. Hopefully our thesis can live on and be useful to those in the sphere.

 

The conference was full of passionate educators and designers, and we hope to continue to be involved in the conversation of K-12 design education through the DesignED Coalition and their work over the next year.

To check in on the progress of our work related to design and K-12 education, go to www.collectiveindwell.com

MID Alumnae Present Their Thesis at DESIGNED FUTURE 2013: DESIGN EDUCATION CONFERENCE

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 4:23 pm by azahn123.