From tutor-led to student-led design education: the global studio

Aysar Ghassan, E. Bohemia

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    “Tutor-led” design education has been argued to be a system where lecturers are at the centre of teaching & learning activities and where educators’ tastes strongly influence students’ outcomes. Design education has also been argued not to prepare graduates for working in highly complex professional capacities synonymous with the contemporary era. We argue the role of tutors in tutor-led design education to be a factor in this. The Global Studio runs Web 2.0 enabled industry sponsored international collaborations between students. One aim is to introduce learners to “complex project situations” and consequently to prepare them for contemporary working life. It is operationally different from “tutor-led” design education as lecturers are more “distant” in teaching &learning activities and students construct conversations and outcomes primarily via interaction with peers. Feedback from home-institution students suggests many individuals struggle with making decisions without “tutor-led design education” involvement from tutors. Given the on-going change in funding provision and the continuing dissolution of “normal” structures, universities are predicted to continue to undergo extensive transformation in their remit and the way education is delivered. We ask whether tutor-led design education is maintainable and whether educators and students are prepared for the consequences of change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventDRS // CUMULUS 2013 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers - Oslo, Norway
    Duration: 14 May 201317 May 2013


    ConferenceDRS // CUMULUS 2013 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers
    Abbreviated titleDRS // CUMULUS 2013

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    • peer learning
    • learning to deal with complexity
    • tutor led learning


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