EIDD-Design for All Europe Online Conference

 Design for All in Education

 8 June 2021 14.00-17.00 CET

The background:

There’s no doubt about it: one result of the quarter century of hard work undertaken by EIDD and its member organisations is that the message has got across that Design for All is the future of design. Design for All is a hot topic: everybody wants to learn about it and every university wants to include it in its teachings.
But this raises many questions: what is the best way to go about it? Is there actually one “best way”, or are multiple approaches possible and/or desirable? If so, what are the criteria? Should it be taught separately, or as a module in all the creative professions?
Design for All is founded on human diversity and social inclusion: so should the focus of Design for All in education be more about design, or more about those foundations of human diversity and social inclusion?
Does the default setting for Design for All in education mean that it is/should be restricted to institutions of higher education, or should it be available at all levels and all ages? Should it be included in vocational training, in primary schools, in vocational training and professional CPD such as business, engineering, technology and law where the focus is not primarily on design? If so, how?

14.00_Opening and Introduction
Onny Eikhaug, President, EIDD – Design for All Europe

14.10_Panel 1 Teaching Design for All at university level
Since the themes of design, architecture and town planning are traditionally taught at university, the conventional approach to education for Design for All passes through institutions of higher education. In some countries, however, design has traditionally been taught in the academies of fine arts, while architecture has been taught in universities, resulting in the adoption of two sometimes quite different academic approaches, which are reflected in attitudes towards Design for All. This is the field of primary concern to the EIDD Acanet, the network of academic institutions belonging to EIDD – Design for All Europe.

Pepetto Di Bucchianico, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, moderator_A new Master Degree course on “Eco Inclusive Design”

Daniel Kotsjuba, Estonian Academy of Art, Tallinn, Estonia_The Design for Inclusion teaching approach at an Academy of Art

Janice Rieger, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia_The “Australian” approach  to Design for All teaching

Rama Gheerawo, Royal College of Art, London, UK_Involving enterprises in the DfA teaching experiences

Elinor Olaussen, NTNU, Norway_The EU-project “Inclusive e-learning”

Iva Mrak, University of Rijeka, Croatia_University online international educational course

Silvia Pericu, University of Genoa, Italy_Introducing the Acanet website.




15.40_Panel 2 Teaching Design for All in other settings

This panel will explore several of the many different approaches adopted worldwide to teaching inclusion through design, ranging from primary school age through to vocational training and retraining in such fields as business, data science, engineering, urban planning and the promotion and administration of cultural heritage venues, exploring several initiatives in online teaching and incentive programmes, such as student competitions, as well as providing an introduction to EIDD’s own Summer School. Although children’s natural curiosity makes them creative, traditional formal education has often tended to restrain rather than encourage that creativity. So can children be taught about Design for All by fostering a sense of creativity and inclusion and, if so, how?

Pete Kercher, EIDD Ambassador, moderator_DfA in cultural heritage venues

Carlos Aceves Gonzalez, University of Guadalajara, Mexico_DfA in primary education

Itzel Cruz Megchun, University of Portland, USA_Factoring DfA into training for successful business practices

Beata Fabisiak, University of Life Sciences, Poznan, Poland_Multidisciplinary partnership workshops with business

Kathleen Polders, Intel, Belgium_Student competitions as an incentive tool

Denise Roza, Perspektiva, Moscow, Russia_Teaching the DfA method online across seven time zones: a practical experience

Nuno Sa Leal, EIDD, Portugal_The EIDD summer school in Viana do Castelo, 2019: the organiser’s perspective

Aya Ammari, Libya_The EIDD summer school in Viana do Castelo, 2019: the participant’s perspective

Gabriela Marton, Hungary/Mexico_Design for All factored into non-design curricula: a participant’s perspective.

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