2021 Design Educators Conference – Webinar Series

The RGD is pleased to announce we will hold our 5th Design Educators Conference, the first to be held completely virtually, in Webinar Series format, on the dates listed below.



January 15, 1:00 PM ET


  • Shared Visions for Change | Anne H. Berry, Jennifer Rittner and Kelly Walters

January 29, 1:00 PM ET


  • They Were There Too

February 12, 1:00 PM ET

Theme: Equity

  • Social Justice by Design | Robin Landa, Kean U.
  • Strong Like Two People | Adolfo Ruiz, MacEwan U

February 26, 1:00 PM ET

Theme: Empower

  • “I hated assessment, well, I get why we did it" | Tracey Waller, Royal College of Art
  • Health + Design: Expanding the Undergraduate Curriculum to Embrace Real World Problems | Gillian Harvey, U of Alberta

March 12, 1:00 PM ET

Theme: Embrace

  • Embracing Equitable Remote Learning | Saskia van Kampen, San Francisco State U
  • Reimagining Design Education in a “Teacherless” Society | Andrew Hladkyj, Sheridan College

March 26, 1:00 PM ET

Theme: Expand

  • Making Real: or Why We Don’t Teach Speculative Design | Ali Qadeer & Richard Hunt, OCAD U
  • ‘Show & Tell’ (12) | Sheeraz Waria


April 9, 1:00 PM ET

Theme: Empower

  • Design Feedback Sprint Sessions Produce ACE | Nicki Wragg, Swinburne U of Technology
  • Graphic design and visual communication can be a powerful tool  | Cat Normoyle, East Carolina U


April 23, 1:00 PM ET

Theme: Engage

  • Pedagogy of Design: Studio-Based Design Learning | Aidan Rowe, U of Alberta
  • Curricular Hegemony and Design Education | Brian DeLevie, U of Colorado Denver

Check Webinar details here.


The Conference's 5 themes are: 

  • Empower – the learners
  • Embrace – the classroom
  • Expand – the experience
  • Engage – with external participation
  • Equity – within all spaces

The Conference consists of:

  • 2 Keynote Presentations 
  • 12 Themed Concurrent Sessions
  • Discord Discussion Sessions

Registration is now open


Register here. For Pricing, click here.


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