Design Cognition and Design Education
Important Dates
May 25 Submissions due
June 8 Notification of acceptance
30 June 2:00pm-5:30pm Workshop

Workshop Aim:

The goal of the workshop is to explore and collectively map how research and knowledge on design cognition links to current practice in design education. The workshop will draw on the participants research, practical and teaching experience and will attempt to start formulating some directions for future research and action. There are two potential starting points for this exploration a) sharing research on design cognition to explore the implications for design education; or b) sharing knowledge and practice around design education to explore how it links (or could better linked) to research into design cognition.

Questions relevant to this workshop include but are not limited to:

  • What do we know about design cognition that is relevant to the development of design education?
  • How does the way design is taught shape design cognition?
  • Is there a notion of design competency, capacity or skill(s), and if so, what it involves, and how can it be characterised and evaluated?
  • How does knowledge about design as a practice and design as a cognitive ability intersect and influence educational programmes (i.e. design curriculum and pedagogy)?
  • How do design learning environments (physical, social, virtual, immersive) shape design education?
  • How can the link between research in design cognition and (design) education be strengthened?
Workshop Chairs
Katerina Alexiou (katerina.alexiou@open.ac.uk)
Theodore Zamenopoulos (theodore.zamenopoulos@open.ac.uk)
Program Committee
  • Karl Jeffries, University of Central Lancashire
  • Derek Jones, The Open University
  • Philip Plowright, Lawrence Tech
  • Hadas Sopher, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Workshop Notes
Workshop Notes (link)

Submission information:
Participants do not need to submit anything to attend the workshop. 

Participants are invited to submit a short position abstract or summary of research activity or practice relevant to the theme of the workshop, using as guidance the suggested questions. Abstracts are expected to be up to approximately 500 words and will serve to identify key interests and themes to guide the workshop activities.

Workshop format:

This interactive workshop will be structured in three parts. In the first part, participants will be invited to share their views, research and activities relevant to the topic. In the second part of the workshop, participants will be divided into two-three groups to work on some key themes identified in advance based on submissions. In the third part of the workshop, participants will share and cluster insights and ideas from the sub-group discussions and attempt to construct a shared roadmap for future research and action.

All attendees at the workshop need to register either as an addition to the DCC'18 conference registration at a cost of €30, or if not registered for the conference at a cost of €60. Please go the DCC'18 Registration page to add this workshop to your registration.