Registration open for Design Educators Conference
How can educators anticipate the needs of design graduates entering a profession that is constantly evolving, where the boundaries are increasingly expanding as new technologies and areas of specialization emerge? Explore these questions and more at the first annual Design Educators Conference, coinciding with DesignThinkers 2013. 


Date: November 8, 2013

Location: York University, Toronto 


REGISTRATION: Registration is available through the DesignThinkers registration form.


Teachers, designers, students, and consumers of visual culture must adapt and redefine our roles within our changing environment. Explore how university and college educators develop relevant and flexible curricula to keep pace with the needs of students and practitioners.


Conference Schedule

9am - bus(es) arrives from downtown, coffee/pastries
9:30 - introductions
10:00 - keynote / Maggie Fost
11:00 - refreshment break
11:15 - 2 concurrent breakouts with 3 papers each
12:30 - lunch (provided)
2:00 - 2 concurrent breakouts with 3 papers each
3:30 - 2 concurrent breakouts with 3 papers each (6)
4:45 - refreshment break
5:00 - keynote / Jenn & Ken Visocky O'Grady
6:00 - reception in Department of Design with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments (cash bar)
7:30 - bus leaves for downtown


Keynote - Maggie Fost

Maggie is a designer and educator. She received a BA in Studio Art from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Design from California College of the Arts. In the intervening years, she worked at Heckler Associates in Seattle; and, Macromedia, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. In 2004, she was invited to be the Designer in Residence at the College of Design at North Carolina State University, following which she was appointed the first art director at Merge Records, where she remains.


Keynote - Jenn & Ken Visocky O'Grady

Jenn is Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Cleveland State U. Ken is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State U. They are co-authors of Design Currency, The Information Design Handbook and A Designer's Research Manual (which is suggested reading for the RGD exam). Through their work, the couple strives to make academic concepts approachable while celebrating the power and potential of design. They present at conferences, including those by AIGA and HOW, and promote design to groups, like NASA and CIFAR.


Through the day, Perspectives from the Field are explored through 20-minute paper presentations within three broad themes: TeachingLearning and Doing design.


Concurrent Breakouts:

- The Creative Process in Graphic Design - Breaking Out of Established Work Modes through Modularity by Franziska Erlebach, York University

- The Affordance of Convenience in Design Students Blogging by Sancha de Burca, University of Kent at K College

- Merging Tradition with Technology in Graphic Design Education by Lorrie Frear, Rochester Institute of Technology

- The Pedagogical Challenges Raised by the Burgeoning Practices of Visualizing Data by Isabel Meirelles, Northeastern University

- Activity or Stuff: What is the subject of "design"? by Heidi Overhill, University of Toronto

- Problem Solved? The Development of Sustainable Design Curriculum by Angela Iarocci, Sheridan College

- Teaching Interactivity within the Context of Graphic Design by David Gelb, York University

- Teaching the Intuitive by Saskia van Kampen RGD, York University

- Outside In / Inside Outside by May Chung, NSCAD University

- Natalia Delgado, University of Victoria 

- Rigor and Relevance: Developing Student-Centred Curriculum by Constanza Pacher, MacEwan University

- Fill in the Blanks: Design Studies in Canada by Brian Donnelly, Sheridan College

- Implementation of Outcomes-Based Education in Design Programs: A Critical Reflection by Bahar Mousavi Hejazi, OCAD University

- Neurodiversity and Design Education: A Practical Approach by John Barry, College of the North Atlantic

- Reconnecting Today's Classroom to the Marketplace: Inspiring change through relevant teaching techniques by Ann Urban, OCAD University

- Hybridity in Transnational/Transcultural Design: Extending the visual design language in education by Catherine Ishino, York University


This conference coincides with DesignThinkers 2013 on November 6 and 7 2013, the annual gathering of professional design influencers. DesignThinkers will feature a panel session including both professionals and academics. This panel will initiate a timely dialogue, continuing with a more in-depth session to be held at the Design Educators Conference at York University the following day, November 8.


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