4 June, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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.

This second event of our Teaching and Learning, Design History and Practice in the Virtual Space series we focus on: Student-centred Learning Strategies. For this event we have bought together a number of speakers from San Francisco State University, The Royal College of Art and North Kentucky University:


Student experience of design studio pedagogies within the virtual space


Ellen Christensen and Saskia van Kampen: Assistant Professors in the School of Design, of Visual Communication Design, San Francisco State University.


Reflections On and In Virtual Space: Book Test Unit 2020 at the Royal College of Art


Emily Candela: Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London.


Undergraduate Student Research Paper + Poster Design Project (Remote Instruction): Addressing Deficiencies and Underrepresentation of Women and Minority Designers in Design History


Maren Carpenter Fearing Assistant Professor in Visual Communication Design, North Kentucky University, USA

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


Event 3: Virtual Learning: Museums and Heritage


Friday 18th June 2021 at 18:30-20:00 GMT+1



Event 4: Virtual Learning: Archives and Objects


Friday 2nd July 2021 at 18:30-20:00 GMT+1


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