Is it okay to ostracize the low achievers?

In a recent podcast episode I mention this phrase. That I said this in 2003. When I landed in Australia. One meaning of this phrase takes you down the path that you should not treat poorly performing students any different from the way you treat the high achievers. Okay we leave that for now. That…… Continue reading Is it okay to ostracize the low achievers?

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

Design is what designers do #1

Hey girl, When I graduated from Mechanical Engineering I opted to stay in India. Most of the others in my batch? Headed off to the US. In India I then did postgrad at NID. I elected to stay in India and ended up in Delhi, starting my own studio. My whole cohort/ group of friends?…… Continue reading Design is what designers do #1

The Flotilla Model

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Source LINK Because we are learner centered. Because we believe education should look like that 10 year old at the skatepark. Because we want to activate the agency of the student. Because we are keen on Astra Nova, 42 Silicon valley, on flipped and on all the hot new ways of learning. Because we also…… Continue reading The Flotilla Model

Useful Leads

(Featured image: Audi Skysphere, Supercar Blondie, LINK) So you are a graduate Industrial designer? Okay graduating industrial designer. How good is your knowledge of contemporary industrial design? Job? Studios? Genres? Countries and contexts of work? Would you travel to work elsewhere? How do you get started? I have nudged you to look at 4 aspects…… Continue reading Useful Leads

ieid: that is industrial design

ieid? Is this the design process? Yes. As a construction based upon reflection on previous project? Yes. Immerse The investigation stage of the project is in reality an immersion – it is a phase of design projects when the student is completely enclosed by information and listens to the ‘experts’ or the ‘affected’ and is…… Continue reading ieid: that is industrial design

Grow your Inner Entrepreneur

I am teaching this course – its about encouraging young design students to find and grow their “Inner Entrepreneur”. Tutorial Blurb: Two industrial designers started AirBnB. Industrial design can be the engine room of new ventures. You too could take a shot at finding and growing your inner entrepreneur. This tutorial has been designed to…… Continue reading Grow your Inner Entrepreneur

Developing Capacity in Sustainability

Years ago (1999) I wrote this paper about my teaching practice in Sustainability. I was teaching ecodesign at that time – even as I was running a project on Recycling. In my interview of a few weeks ago I mentioned the practice of being assisted by a Teaching Assistant (TA). I then remembered the template…… Continue reading Developing Capacity in Sustainability