A task based approach to global design education

Andrew Wodehouse, Caroline Breslin, Philip Farrugia, Hilary Grierson, William Ion, N. Sonalkar, I deVere

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This paper provides a new perspective for managing and delivering a global design class, and a clear alternative to the traditional joint project for participating institutes. The ‘task-based approach’ used to structure a Global Design class at the University of Strathclyde is described. This entailed the creation of a series of short design exercises to be run in conjunction with three partner institutions: the University of Malta in Msida, Malta; Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia; and Stanford University in Palo Alto, USA. These exercises focussed on specific aspects of distributed working, including synchronous working, asynchronous working and digital library support, according to the location and facilities afforded by each institution. This
provides a number of pedagogical and organisation benefits. Students are required to take a more strategic approach to their design work, developing a higher evaluative understanding of the tools and processes required to produce a successful design. Staff members have a greater level of control afforded by a shared collaborative class component, including assessment, timetabling and learning objectives, rather than simply having a joint project. This potentially makes global design classes a more flexible and viable option for institutions interested in participating in such programmes
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education 2008 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 Sept 20085 Sept 2008


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education 2008


  • global design
  • education


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