A DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE: Cooperative Learning in Independent Design Projects
Paper i proceeding, 2016

This paper describes an interaction design course that combines the flexibility and self-direction of an independent project with the cooperative learning and social constructivism of the design studio. A small group of second-year interaction design students created a course curriculum in which each week they shared a design challenge, yet individually selected tools, artifacts, and approaches to respond. Through crit sessions, they gave and received feedback, and revised their designs for inclusion and reflection in a design workbook, with the goal of increasing skill and knowledge and producing portfolio-quality designs. This paper elaborates on the process of creating and managing the course, as well as reflections on its effectiveness for student development, recommending the approach for other interaction design students.

living curriculum

participatory design

design and evaluation methods

interaction design

studio approach

peer review

rapid prototyping

social constructivism

Cooperative learning

curriculum design


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