8:45 AM (ET): Mark Oppenneer, Master of Ceremony View Presentation

Keynote Presentation

9:00 AM (ET): Global Interaction in Design Education: The usual and 
the urgent, Jorge Frascara, Canada (Live streaming from Italy) 
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Jorge Frascara is Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta. He has published nine books, including Communication Design and Designing Effective Communications, and more than 50 articles. He has delivered lectures in 26 countries, has been an advisor for several journals and educational institutions, and an officer of several design organizations. He now lives in Italy working on information design and traffic safe communications, and contributing to the Master in Medical Design and the doctoral program of the University Iuav of Venice.


10:00 AM (ET): Distance Versus Locational Learning: Participatory design 
practices that serve underserved people, places, and problems,
Lisa Abendroth, USA View Presentation
10:30 AM (ET): Using an Action Research Approach in an Interactive 
Design Curriculum to Encourage Critical Thinking: The Bus Rapid Transit 
System (BRT) and digital wayfinding in public, Adream Blair-Early, USA
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11:00 AM (ET): Exploring the Human-Computer Interactive Design--
Interactive Billboard, Ju-Yuan Chen, Taiwan View Presentation
11:30 AM (ET): Exploring the Interaction Design of Electronic Storybooks,
Ju-Yuan Chen, Taiwan View Presentation
12:00 PM (ET): Lunch break

Keynote Presentation

1:00 PM (ET): 2 Design Transformations (Revolutions?): How we learn & 
what we learn, Sharon Poggenpohl, USA View Presentation

Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl has recently returned to the United States from teaching in the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she developed a new master Interaction Design program–one of only three in Asia. She coordinated their post-graduate programs, overseeing the masters and doctoral programs, and organized a large design research conference, titled Emerging Trends in Design Research, for the International Association of Societies of Design Research. Since 1987, she has edited and published Visible Language, one of only a few inter-disciplinary scholarly journals dealing broadly with visual communication design.


2:00 PM (ET): The New School, CARE & Ajkem'a Loy'a: A case study in 
learning in intensive and immersive global programs and in cross-
cultural, and bilingual collaborative work, Cynthia Lawson, USA
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2:30 PM (ET): Practice, Profession, and Project in Interdisciplinary 
Doctorates of Design: New Responses, Gavin Melles, Australia
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3:00 PM (ET): Sustainable Materiality: Utilizing an online course 
management tool to assemble a real-time learning resource with global 
implications, Deborah Schneiderman View Presentation


3:30 PM (ET): Mark Oppenneer, Master of Ceremony View Presentation


The Infrastructure of the Web as Design Education, Armin Vit, SpeakUp

Armin Vit was born and raised in Mexico City. Armin is a graphic designer and writer now living in Brooklyn, New York. He has written for AIGA’s Voice, Emigre, Eye, Creative Review, HOW, and STEP magazines, among others. He is a former faculty member of Portfolio Center and the School of Visual Arts. He has lectured on topics ranging from typography to branding in locations ranging from San Diego to Berlin. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration and its myriad sites. His last employment position was Pentagram. He now runs UnderConsiderations’ Department of Design with his wife and partner, Bryony, and they are currently writing and designing two books for the graphic design profession.


Visualizing Narrative Experiences and Cross-Cultural Communication, James Pannafino, Abstract: Engagement, evaluation and assessment are all tools within the learning environment. The complexity of communication of student, teacher and class are evolving everyday. Complexity of tools such as computers and the internet take more attention away from human interaction and communication of information between the three. Gaining a better understanding of one’s background through the interest of narrative structure may allow for a smoother transition of shared information. View Poster Paper

Privatizing Digital Experiences: Examining the Promises of Interactive Media, John Bowers and Tom Hapgood, Abstract:  We live in an environment with behavioral codes and conventions that often run counter to our personal desires and needs. Technology can heighten that tension by blurring the boundaries between public conventions and private needs. Our ability to customize public websites—in effect to privatize the interaction—can create meaning and lend additional value to our online experiences. This paper examines the promises implied to those who privatize their digital interactions by choosing interaction aids, visual languages, and specific content (text and/or images). When such choices are not merely strategic components of client agendas but meaningful user options, they can be a form of personal empowerment and of value to society at large. View Poster Paper

Employing Graphic Literacy: Facilitating pedagogical awareness in graphic design teaching, Roberto Bruzzese. Abstract: Graphic design education has been left behind. It has not kept up with the advances of pedagogical theory simply because education has been conditioned towards the production of applied outcomes and the visual language. In consequence, teachers are finding it difficult to encourage processed enquiries and deep learning approaches in the classroom (Brew 1995). Many teachers are unaware of the theoretical dialogue necessary in teaching and the principles that can lend towards a research learning environment (Biggs 2003). It could be time to take our skills as excellent visual communicators and use them to help the design education system. Graphic literacy could be the answer. View Poster Paper


The Development of a Design Thinking Course for Distance Learning, Nicole Schadewitz, Peter Lloyd, Steve Garner, Georgy Holden and Emma Dewberry, Read Blog Discussion

Using a Wiki to Share Experiences and Validate Knowledge about Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Design, Nicole Schadewitz, Steve Kuan, Jane Osmond, and Effie Lai-Chong Law, Read Wiki Discussion

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