Design Educators Conference Call for Proposals

The 2015 RGD Design Educators Conference takes place Saturday, November 14 at George Brown College School of Design, 230 Richmond St. E, Toronto.


George Brown College and RGD welcome submissions from educators and industry professionals working anywhere in the world in a variety of interactive formats. Presenters receive complimentary passes to both the Design Educators and DesignThinkers Conferences.


Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2015


Theme: Transformation
Design and design education are transformative processes. Design school is a place where ideas and students evolve and are shaped, find purpose, change direction and offer value to society. This conference seeks to explore how design educators and their students are effecting change in and outside of the classroom.


Questions for discussion could include, but are not limited to:

  • How can design curriculum respond to the external pressures of evolving technologies, labour market demands and professional practices?
  • How can design pedagogy offer a nurturing and compassionate experience in light of changing student demographics and needs?
  • How are design schools moving beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and modes of communication to embrace new models of collaboration and holistic education?
  • How can design school not only react to changes in society, but also act as a leader for creative thought and action?
  • How does design education remain an optimistic endeavour, one that empowers students to create change?
  • What values are embedded in the change advocated by design school?
  • How do we plan and design for uncertain futures?
  • What are our design practices and techniques that facilitate profoundly transformative experiences?
  • How is student social action leading to change in our learning experiences?

Submission Formats/Requirements



15-minute presentations followed by 5 minutes Q&A.
Provide a 250-word abstract summarizing your talk. Indicate if you are presenting case studies, theory, personal experiences, etc.



30-minute interviews or panel discussions with up to 3 people followed by 5 - 10 minutes Q&A.
Provide a 250-word outline of the interview subject and sample questions, or an overview of the topics to be covered by panelists. List who you would interview or invite to be on the panel. Indicate if they have agreed to participate.



20-minute open-ended conversations involving a group of conference attendees.
Provide a 250-word description of a subject you think is important to your peers and worthy of greater discussion and exchange. Describe how you would guide round-table conversation in a way that encourages listening and engagement.


Click here to submit your proposal using our online form.


You will be notified by July 15, 2015 if your proposal is selected for inclusion in the conference. 


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