21 May 2021, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Over the past year, we have all experienced unprecedented uncertainty within our respective institutions. Design historians and practitioners have been called upon to reconfigure and adapt their practice to virtual classrooms, studios and labs. In this series of events we have called Teaching and Learning, Design History and Practice in the Virtual Space, we have brought together design historians and practitioners, curators, museum professionals and archivists who are re-evaluating how to engage with students and audiences in the virtual space. Some are also confronting ongoing reticence in diversifying the geographies and identities that we teach and research, reimagining the scope of histories of design. For some, these transitions have been seamless, whilst others have faced overwhelming challenges.

Over the following weeks we have gathered together a number of educators, curators and practitioners across diverse geographic locations who capture a variety of techniques and processes in meeting the challenges of Teaching and Learning, Design History and Practice in the Virtual Space. The first event of the series we have called: Meeting the Challenges of Virtual Teaching brings together five speakers from the University of North Carolina, Bilkent University, Florida State University and St John’s University:

Conversational Explanations: A New Paradigm in Distance Learning
Russel Flinchum and Patrick FitzGerald: Associate Professors, in the Department of Art + Design in the College of Design, University of North Carolina, USA

Teaching and Learning, Design History and Practice in the Virtual Space
Yasmine Taan: is Associate Professor in The School of Architecture and Design at Lebanese American University, Beirut and currently Visiting Professor at Bilkent University in Turkey.Visiting Associate Professor, Bilkent University, Turkey.

Reflections from the Virtual Classroom: Applying Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Learning Theory to Online Design History Teaching

Yelena McLane: Adjunct Professor Department of Interior Architecture + Design, Florida State University. USA

Brian James: Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Art and Design department at St John’s University, New York, USA.

This event will be followed by another three events in the coming weeks:

Student-centred Learning Strategies on Friday 4 June 2021 18.30-20.00 hrs GMT;
Virtual Learning: Museums and Heritage on Friday 18 June 2021 18.30-20.00 hrs GMT;
Virtual Learning: Archives and Objects on Friday 2 July 2021 18.30-20.00 hrs GMT;

All Teaching and Learning Events organised by the DHS are free to attend, but you will need to register on Eventbrite.