Creating an authentic learning environment: is multidisciplinary design education successful in facilitating real-world learning?

Fleischmann, Katja (2014) Creating an authentic learning environment: is multidisciplinary design education successful in facilitating real-world learning? The International Journal of Design Education, 8 (1). pp. 53-70.

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Abstract

The education of digital media designers is largely structured around design students working individually on projects or in teams of designers. This is despite the fact that the intersection of several disciplines is a workplace reality. As a result, design students are being poorly prepared for working as part of multidisciplinary teams. In recognition of these shortcomings, a learning and teaching approach – the POOL Model framework – was developed to create a learning environment that is reflective of industry practice. The framework structures learning around multidisciplinary collaborative teamwork, engaging design students in project work with students from other disciplines such as information technology or multimedia journalism. The effectiveness of this approach in supporting real-world learning was first investigated in an undergraduate digital media design degree program over a period of three years. The relevance of this experience in the workplace was later explored once students had graduated and were working in the industry.

Item ID: 33919
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: design education, multidisciplinary teamwork, collaborative practice, authentic learning, real-world learning, digital media design, POOL model framework, project-based learning, employability
ISSN: 2325-128X
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 04:47
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120302 Design Innovation @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design @ 50%
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