About GLIDE’08

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in collaboration with members of the Upstate New York and New York City chapters of the AIGA presents “The Biennial Design Web Conference”–a design conference with virtual presentations. The theme for 2008 is “Global Interaction in Design Education (GLIDE).” On the day of the conference, registrants have access to content in the following types of synchronous and asynchronous formats: live presentations via web conferencing software, downloadable pdf files, blogs, and wikis. Synchronous presentations include Q&A sessions between presenters and other conference attendees.

GLIDE aims to disseminate cutting-edge research that bridges cultural and geographic divides. It seeks to provide a venue for design scholars around the world to share pedagogical and technical strategies for global interaction and collaboration. The conference schedule includes full paper presentations streamed via web conferencing software, poster papers in portable document format, and discussions via existing or new design blogs and wikis.

The development of instructional technologies for distance learning in low- and high-bandwidth contexts has created opportunities to bridge geographical divides in design education and conferencing.

  • How are design scholars using technology to facilitate interaction with global communities?
  • How are design scholars in the United States and abroad using and innovating distance learning technologies?
  • How are they integrating global interaction in their curricula and what are the challenges they face?
  • What are some of the intellectual and creative outcomes of their efforts?

GLIDE addresses these thought-provoking questions among others and brings together, virtually, an international mix of design educators to share first-rate experiences teaching and conducting collaborative research globally.

GLIDE aims to highlight current trends in design collaborations between design scholars, graduate students, and communities in first, second, third, and fourth world regions around the world–including the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, India, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.



Conference Chair: Audrey Bennett

Registration Chair: Marjorie Crum

Speakers Chair: Michele Washington

Art Director: Melissa Batalin, Pogostick Studios, Troy, NY

AIGA UP ST NY President: Marc Stress

Technical Directors: Evelyn Smith & Stephen Tytko


Jean Dahlgren

David Grey

Frank Piacitelli

James Wondrack


Ron Eglash

John Harrington

If you’d like to assist on the conference committee for GLIDE 2010, join the conference groupsite on CollectiveX.com. VOLUNTEER

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