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The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) was established in 2004 to support the unique activities and responsibilities of the design educator at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in a wide variety of institutional settings. The goals of this community are to facilitate communication among design educators; create, foster and promote dialogue; produce design education events such as conferences and competitions; present current research and teaching methods; establish standards for design education; differentiate between design’s various subdisciplines; raise the level of design-driven thinking in schools across the country; and communicate the value of design education to the larger profession.
Subjects of interest to this community span teaching, research and service. They include curriculum and program development, design theory and history, methodology, typography, usability research, and the social roles of designers, as well as tenure, promotion, teaching standards and school accreditation.
To learn more about the DEC and how you can get involved, visit educators.aiga.org.
Connecting Dots: Research, Education, PracticeMarch 14–15, 2014University of Cincinnati School of DesignCincinnati, OH
New Ventures: Interactions in Design EducationDate TBDOregon State UniversityPortland, OR
To learn more about upcoming DEC conferences, visit educators.aiga.org/upcoming-design-educators-conferences.
Can we afford to continue offering design curricula that move from the simple to the complex, when contemporary design problems are all about relationships? Can we afford to continue emphasizing individual achievement for a practice based increasingly on collaboration?
DesignEd K12 is a movement to inspire and sustain design education programs for elementary, middle and high school students—instilling creative
confidence and a design thinking mindset at a young age through hands-on
experiences in creative problem solving.
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K-12, teaching, education
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