Distributed collaboration in design education: practising designer and client roles

Lauche, Kristina, Bohemia, Erik, Connor, Chris and Badke-Schaub, Petra (2008) Distributed collaboration in design education: practising designer and client roles. Journal of Design Research, 7 (3). pp. 238-258. ISSN 1569-1551

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/08.24193


Changes in industry require new forms of design education that better prepare students for the realities of concurrent engineering, increased involvement of suppliers in agile manufacturing, and the digitisation and virtualisation of collaboration. This article outlines these challenges for virtual design collaboration and reports first experiences of a distributed design studio (DDS) established between three European universities. In the DDS, students were taught core skills for virtual collaboration and could practice designer-client interaction in an experiential learning environment. The results of a course evaluation (during, at the end and one year after) show that students positively evaluated their own skill development. Student and staff feedback indicated that the embodiment phase proved to be more challenging and the evidence showed it coincided with reduced communication. Overall, the studio format can be seen as a suitable and realistic environment for practicing the relevant skills for virtual teamwork and designer-client communication. As a teaching initiative across institutions, it also served as personal development for staff.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W200 Design studies
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2009 12:07
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1836

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