Abstract

As ‘designerly’ ways of thinking and knowing are increasingly understood to be relevant in fields outside the traditional design disciplines, there is need to conceive of and design appropriate pedagogy. The challenge is to successfully negotiate disciplinary crossings in ways that simultaneously respect the discipline of design and provide a space for exploration and innovation, while at the same time produce results that satisfy individual disciplinary standards as well as the institutional standards of the university. The paper presents a case study of a novel graduate course in design research in the University of Toronto’s Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) – a multidisciplinary community in which the design has been largely grounded in models from human- computer interaction (HCI). The model of pedagogy that emerged out of this experience and reflection is then situated in terms of prior work on interdisciplinary pedagogy. We propose that our model of pedagogy grounded in what we call disciplined transdisciplinarity has the potential to generalise to other settings.

Keywords:

Pedagogy, Interdisciplinarity, Multi-Disciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity Innovation, Human- Centred Design

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Jul 7th, 12:00 AM

Designing Design Learning: A Case Study

As ‘designerly’ ways of thinking and knowing are increasingly understood to be relevant in fields outside the traditional design disciplines, there is need to conceive of and design appropriate pedagogy. The challenge is to successfully negotiate disciplinary crossings in ways that simultaneously respect the discipline of design and provide a space for exploration and innovation, while at the same time produce results that satisfy individual disciplinary standards as well as the institutional standards of the university. The paper presents a case study of a novel graduate course in design research in the University of Toronto’s Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) – a multidisciplinary community in which the design has been largely grounded in models from human- computer interaction (HCI). The model of pedagogy that emerged out of this experience and reflection is then situated in terms of prior work on interdisciplinary pedagogy. We propose that our model of pedagogy grounded in what we call disciplined transdisciplinarity has the potential to generalise to other settings.

 

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