Design in education is concerned with how design thinking and design tools and processes can be used to inform educational practices. This has implications on how we rethink the role of the mind, experiences, materials, technology and methods in learning programs, enterprises, spaces, relationships and more.
The program in Design in Education is different to the traditional B.Ed. or M.Ed. program in its curriculum and approach. This program is strongly anchored in design thinking and draws upon learning frameworks such as critical pedagogy, slow pedagogy, critical making, story pedagogy, mindfulness and contemplative practices.
The curriculum of this course will focus on:
- Tools, strategies and methods for understanding learners, their needs and learning experiences
- Unpacking thinking and different ways of learning, knowing and understanding
- The value and use of thinking tools and routines; visual ways of learning and representation of information; mindfulness and creative exploration
- Designing learning experiences that draw upon the power and potential of: story and storytelling; art and science of making; ill-defined problems; real-world contexts; digital platforms, new media and technology.
This course primarily uses a studio-based approach where doing, thinking about, reflecting and critiquing what you do are important. It will include opportunities to learn via workshops, tutorials and seminars. There will be individualized learning opportunities and forums for peer learning. Students will also develop a portfolio of their own learning over a two-year period.
This program will be relevant for anyone currently working in an area concerned with learning. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree/diploma from a recognized university. Please refer to eligibility criteria listed on the admissions page.
This course prioritizes practice-based learning. You should have at least some regular opportunities to connect and apply your learning and experiences from the course in a forum where individuals are engaged in learning.
You must have access to good broadband connectivity at frequent intervals (at least) in order to complete course assignments. While you may be able to download and complete some assignments, there will be those that require you to be online with others.
Students will receive feedback and be assessed on assignments they complete from time to time. Their portfolio of work, participation and contribution to seminars/webinars will also be assessed. At end of the program students will submit a dissertation based on research and field work, pass a viva voce and participate in a graduate exhibition.
This course will provide you with an opportunity to enrich your own professional practice through the use of design thinking approaches and by becoming conversant with important pedagogical principles and practices.
You will find unique opportunities in all types of educational institutions, public institutions and outreach organizations, educational start-ups and enterprises, NGOs doing educational programming and more.