Teaching the YouTube generation: exploring the benefits of an interactive teaching approach in sustainable product design

Watkins, M.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3756-0437, 2014. Teaching the YouTube generation: exploring the benefits of an interactive teaching approach in sustainable product design. In: Global Valencia. 4th Valencia Global 2014, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería del Diseño Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 19-20 June 2014, Valencia.


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This paper presents findings from a doctoral study, which investigated effective methods for teaching social sustainability within product design courses in British and Irish universities. Specifically exploring, how to foster a holistic understanding of the social aspects of sustainable product design amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students, through design thinking. Perceived relevance is considered as a fundamental aspect in enabling students to engage deeply with sustainability [1]. Authors [2;3;4] note that 'Net Generation' learners have specific learning preferences that can be targeted in order to improve the students learning experience. Through the careful design of materials which build upon the students tendency towards visual learning and seeking increase relevance and motivation, by offering opportunities for collaborative learning and learning through discovery. Three 'Rethinking Design' workshops were designed and developed as part of a doctoral study to introduce students to the wider social aspects of sustainability and these were conducted in five universities in Britain and Ireland. The workshops featured visually rich audio visual introductions followed by collaborative group based mind mapping activities, which were successful in fostering deep learning by facilitating learning through discovery, critical reflection, peer learning and creativity leading to an exploration of design thinking solutions.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Watkins, M.A.
Date: 2014
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:38
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18066

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