The Learner Centered Project 2003-2007

In my first four years in Australia I worked as the Program Director of an undergraduate Industrial Design Program. This was not a job. This was a project. To update, upgrade and to make education align with the contemporary thinking in pedagogy, learning and education. The project probably never ended. It is still to be…… Continue reading The Learner Centered Project 2003-2007

Agency: Enabling Students and Teachers to realize their agency

For four years now I have been coordinating studio courses at the university level. Situated behind this enactment of the university course and classroom is an approach focussed upon enabling agency in students and teachers. So I asked two questions: How do I enable student agency? and also How do I enable teacher agency? After…… Continue reading Agency: Enabling Students and Teachers to realize their agency

Doing superlatives: How good were the works presented today?

Thanks "banana bread team'

This text began life as an Announcement inside the Canvas LMS of a first year studio – Design for Sustainability. The course and past works can be seen in the My First 6 Months website here. It’s a winters June afternoon in Melbourne. I am in my room in building 515 serving as a panellist…… Continue reading Doing superlatives: How good were the works presented today?

On Permission Seeking

Do you need permission? Imagine we are having this conversation 500 years ago. And we are discussing light.  How do we calculate the speed of light? Or how do we figure out the focal length of a lens? We would have to set up an experiment. But there would be no shops selling scientific instruments,…… Continue reading On Permission Seeking

So how do you teach drawing in design school?

Kevin O’Neil for the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_League_of_Extraordinary_Gentlemen I am currently reading this book – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – and making very little progress. The stones, the smoke, the wall, the stray cat and well all the ink details are proving too distracting. Its endless the details, the touches, the stylised touches. The point is? All…… Continue reading So how do you teach drawing in design school?