Design education CA

Design Education is an open-source (ad-free) initiative conducted by Gustavo Machado, a socially and environmentally conscious designer and educator with an almost utopian dream: redesign the world.


Why design education must change – Don Norman

Don Norman says – “I am forced to read a lot of crap. As a reviewer of submissions to design journals and conferences, as a juror of design contests, and as a mentor and advisor to design students and faculty, I read outrageous claims made by designers who have little understanding of the complexity of the problems they are attempting to solve or of the standards of evidence required to make claims. Oftentimes the crap comes from brilliant and talented people, with good ideas and wonderful instantiations of physical products, concepts, or simulations. The crap is in the claims.”

RADical Design for LEARNING

Why are people limping out of 20 years of schooling without directed motivation, a solid internal compass, or a commitment to passionately pursuing their interests? Let’s examine why in a cozy, edgy, authentic seminar where we balance theory with real-world action (praxis). We’ll study the radical learning greats such as Illich, Papert, and Llewelyn, with focused readings and videos followed by discussion. Whenever possible we’ll try to have the authors or their direct students available for Q&A&Q. And through hands-on labs and projects we’ll design and enact experience-based transformations, like improvised music, consciousness altering strategies, electronics workshops etc. We can’t wait to see you realize your wonderful ideas!

The Facebook Group
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A place to post Designs and update group Wisdom: RadLearning Wiki
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The Boring Institute

Originally a media spoof, The Boring Institute has a serious side as it describes the dangers that are associated with too much boredom and offers advice on how to avoid it. There will be plenty of fun, too!

How children fail

Holt argues that children fail primarily “because they are afraid, bored, and confused.” This, combined with misguided teaching strategies and a school environment that is disconnected from reality and “real learning”, results in a school system that kills children’s innate desire to learn.


Constructivist Learning Design

“Knowledge is theoretically constructed by learners who try to explain things they don’t completely understand.”


Learning Thories dot com


Summary: Constructivism as a paradigm or worldview posits that learning is an active, constructive process. The learner is an information constructor. People actively construct or create their own subjective representations of objective reality. New information is linked to to prior knowledge, thus mental representations are subjective.

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