Education Symposium 2017 | IDSA International Design Conference


I’m thrilled to invite you to the IDSA/Eastman Innovation Lab Education Symposium 2017: Emergent Pedagogy in Design, on Aug. 16, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The symposium will pave the way to the IDSA International Design Conference 2017: Design IS Business, chaired by Jeevak Badve, IDSA, from Aug. 16 to 19.

Today, the role of design is expanding beyond traditional boundaries with multifaceted challenges and exposure to complex, wicked problems. Such an immersive shift has resulted in instant demand for education in the emerging areas of industrial design: design research, user experience (UX), integrative design, social design, entrepreneurship, etc. Most design educators still believe in the value of traditional industrial design and find themselves challenged to identify an appropriate balance in what many refer to as “accountable education.” We, as a collegial community, will utilize this symposium to share how others disseminate Emergent Pedagogy in Design and implement contextual relevance in cultivating the future of design education.

This year’s symposium will empower engagements and networking with peers from around the world. We’ll connect on common issues and gain knowledge through group discussions on curriculum development case studies. The schedule features two keynote speakers, rapid-fire paper presentations, discussions about planned Graduate Student Merit Awards, a lunch sponsored by Eastman Innovation Lab and a look at what’s happening in other programs. (Please note, an invitation-only Educators Reception, hosted by Eastman Innovation Lab, is scheduled for the evening of Aug. 15. Invited educators will receive an email with specific RSVP instructions.)

We hope you can join us for this exciting Education Symposium. We look forward to meeting you in Atlanta!


Scott Shim, IDSA
Education Director, IDSA Board of Directors
Industrial Design Professor, University of Notre Dame

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