Online teaching of Interaction Design: Challenges and opportunities

talk – 20 min | Feb 3 – 12:00

Interaction Design teaching and learning focuses on enabling the students to see a design project as a systematic process that includes the understanding of user needs, the discussion and deliberation around possible design solutions, making design decisions, and taking such decisions to prototyping and evaluation. The face-to-face delivery of Interaction Design teaching focuses on mentoring and problem/project based learning approaches.

Online teaching of Interaction Design comes with conflicting views, some highlighting its known opportunities and strengths, such as the ability to study at your own pace, the ability to choose programs that might not be offered locally, and others highlighting its possible challenges and shortcomings, for instance how do you safeguard the mentoring character of online teaching of design, how do you facilitate group work and proper feedback, how do you encourage creativity and novelty through remote supervision?

Building on our experience from the online delivery of a fully online MSc in Interaction Design (http://www.idmaster.eu), offered jointly by two universities (Tallinn University and Cyprus University of Technology) we will highlight the strengths and challenges that come with online teaching and learning of Interaction Design and Design in general. Examples of good practise and novel approaches for such a delivery of content will be discussed and demonstrated. The presentation will encourage input from the audience regarding this important topic for the Interaction Design community.

Andreas Pappalas

Andreas Pappalas
Cyprus University of Technology

About the speaker

Andreas Pappalas

Andreas Pappalas

Cyprus University of Technology
Andreas Papallas is a practicing architect, adjunct teacher and researcher at the Cyprus University of Technology. He received his MPhil from the University of Cambridge with distinction and his BA from the University of Sheffield in architecture. Andreas is currently pursuing a DPhi at the University of Oxford in parallel to teaching modules on design research methods, co-creative design and design thinking at the global distance-learning MSc course in Interaction Design (idmaster.eu). Andreas is a certified Design Sprint Facilitator and amongst other projects manages the first Makerspace in Cyprus.

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