• Collaborative online international learning for design education: A framework for studio-based learning

Amaral, Carla ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9223-7739, Edral, Adriana and Polson, Deb, 2023, Journal Article, Collaborative online international learning for design education: A framework for studio-based learning Journal of Design, Business & Society, 9 (1). pp. 145-158. ISSN 2055-2106

Abstract or Description:

The ability to think beyond disciplinary and geographical boundaries is essential for future designers to approach complex challenges and make a meaningful impact. Traditionally, these skills are developed in a studio environment where students can participate in mobility programmes and connect with peers from other disciplines; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited these opportunities due to social distance requirements. This article presents a framework for collaborative online international learning (COIL) for studio-based courses as an alternative for educators who want to foster interdisciplinary and intercultural learning in online and hybrid environments. The framework emerged from the development and delivery of a COIL initiative for an experience design studio course offered at an Australian University, in partnership with consumer behaviour and intercultural communication courses at a Brazilian University. The collaboration involved peer-to-peer online interactions between 43 undergraduate students enrolled in the three courses. Despite the renewed popularity of implementing COIL in higher education to overcome pandemic barriers, there is little documentation of applying the method in design disciplines and less evidence on how it corresponds to studio pedagogy. This type of computer-mediated collaboration offers an accessible and more inclusive alternative to mobility programmes and can continue to expand the opportunities for students to experience the world during and after the pandemic. The article focuses on the perspective of design education, reflecting on the benefits and challenges of online international collaboration, and provides new insights into the adaptations required to integrate the COIL and studio models.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/dbs_00050_1
Uncontrolled Keywords: studio model; design; COIL; collaboration; interdisciplinary; intercultural; teaching; online; remote; learning
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2023 10:53
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2023 10:59
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5336
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