BARLOWE, 1999. A case study introducing an innovative teaching and learning environment for a tertiary level graphic design unit. IDATER 1999 Conference, Loughborough: Loughborough University
The School of Design at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, is attempting to employ innovative teaching methods in what used to be seen as studio based areas. This example is a case study of a graphic design unit entitled 'Design Principles' which introduces students to the creative utilisation of grid systems. The study introduces a simple but highly effective set of strategies created by blending the strengths of a studio based model with the strengths of a constructivist model. The result is a new teaching and learning environment which utilises facilitated learning and a process focus workbook which houses student self appraisal and reflection forms, project based learning and problem solving activities, peer process assessment, design analysis and criteria based assessment forms.
This paper investigates teaching and learning methodologies and reflective practice for both the student and lecturer in the form of a case study within the context of action research. The paper describes the unit as a sequence of events supported by student and lecturer reflection and evaluation statements.
The presentation will be supported by visuals of both the documentation within the workbook, and student work.