Design Educators Conference

In 2015, RGD, in partnership with York University, organized its first-ever Design Educators Conference.

 

Future Conferences took place in partnership with Centennial College, George Brown College and Humber College before the event was put on hold in 2018 when a college teachers strike forced an event scheduled to take place at Ryerson University to be cancelled.

 

We are pleased to be bringing the event back as a virtual conference! Our 2020 Design Educators Conference will take place October 21 to 23 in online formats.

 

  • Education vs. Learning


    The fourth Design Educators Conference gathered renowned national and international design scholars from around the world to explore the connections and disconnects of education with the goal to stimulate learning. Conference proceedings from a specially selected group of speakers have been curated and published in the form of a PDF.


    As students and technology evolve, how is education changing to meet the needs of the new learner? What technologies or techniques will encourage learning? Where are the pain points for educators and learners? The 2016 Design Educators Conference seeks to explore the connections and disconnects of education with the goal to stimulate learning.


    Presenters shared new models of collaboration taking form at the intersection between academia and real world projects. Design practitioners and scholars investigated the following questions:

    • As students and technology evolve, how is education changing to meet the needs of the new learner?
    • What technologies or techniques will encourage learning?
    • Where are the pain points for educators and learners?


    A big thank you to those involved in the writing, reviewing and designing process:


    Peer Review Committee

    • Renee Alleyn, Sheridan College
    • Sean Grant RGD, Cambrian College
    • Gillian Harvey, University of Alberta
    • Richard Hunt, OCAD University
    • Nancy Snow, OCAD University
    • Paul van Dongen RGD, Committee
    • Saskia van Kampen RGD, OCAD University

    Designer

    Megan Oldfield RGD, Field Design Office


    Copy Editor
    Nadine Arseneault RGD

     

    To download the publication, click here.

  • The 2015 Design Educators Conference Proceedings are now available for download.

     

    In partnership with George Brown College, RGD welcomed educators from around the world to discuss the future of design education for our 3rd annual Design Educators Conference on November 5, 2015.

     

    The Conference theme, transformation, considered how design and design education are transformative processes, and how design education itself is in a state of continual transformation.

     

    "RGD's Design Educators Conference is an important opportunity to reflect on design pedagogy for people who are usually focused on the classroom," explains Elise Hodson, Chair, School of Design at George Brown College, and one of the conference organizers. "That many of the 2015 participants travelled from around the world to attend, then devoted time to write up their presentations and to support their peers by providing feedback on these papers, is indicative of the interest in this topic and the desire to keep the conversation going."

     

    Essays by many of the Design Educators who presented at the Conference are now available to download!

     

    Click here to download the 2015 Conference Proceedings

     

    A special thank you to Saskia van Kampen RGD, who designed this publication and to its Editors, Bahar Mousavi Hejazi & Elise Hodson from George Brown College.