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Beyond the studio: collaboration and learning outside the formal design studio

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Show simple item record McMahon, Muireann Kiernan, Louise 2013-04-26T13:52:34Z 2013-04-26T13:52:34Z 2011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The Design Studio is seen as an integral part of all design practice, both professional and educational. It is the creative environment where ideas are conceived, developed and shared amongst the collective. In the design student’s eyes, however it can sometimes have associations with ‘work’ and assignments causing negative connotations. These associations can dilute the creative atmosphere of the studio and lead to strategic learning on the students’ part where they strive for marks instead of a holistic learning experience. This paper explores student design ‘work’, undertaken outside the conventional studio setting, through a series of novel design-based activities which emphasise collaboration and participation. The intention of these is to encourage voluntary (not assessment driven) participation in creative practices within an environment that is fun and light-hearted. The first activity was a co-design project between design students and community partners. The second involved a number of short multi-disciplinary projects between Product Design, Marketing and Architecture students, using a design slam format (short design challenges where the ideas developed during these projects are generated and realised over a limited period of time). The final activity was a strategy used to encourage informal interclass dialogue between design students through an open platform where parity exists between students and lecturers. This paper draws together the experiences of both students and tutors from these activities and reflects on how informal learning activities can engage, excite and encourage students to become more pro-active in their own teaching and learning experiences. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Common Ground Publishing en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Design Principles and Practices;5(3), pp. 449-462
dc.rights This material is posted here for your personal use only. No part of this work may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the publisher. en_US
dc.subject product design en_US
dc.subject design education en_US
dc.subject collaboration en_US
dc.subject peer learning en_US
dc.subject non formal learning en_US
dc.title Beyond the studio: collaboration and learning outside the formal design studio en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1444313

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