From the Haptic to the Virtual

I have been chosen to run a workshop pertaining to my research at the 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices and the Design Principles and Practices in Chicago in March of 2015.

From the Haptic to the Virtual: Teaching Metacognition to Designers

This workshop explores the application of current educational theories through hand skills lessons to help design students improve markedly in a college setting. Specifically, metacognitive strategies are taught through printmaking, drawing, and other haptic projects in order to reach and support students in a variety of design classes. These lessons help students overcome difficulties to find connections to new material, thereby providing them with the confidence and context they need to succeed academically. As more students come to us with less exposure to hand skills, we need to be strategic and judicious in how we ramp them into the computer-driven design space so they are not seduced by interfaces and features but able to conceptualized whatever the modality at hand. Attendees will go through actual tested exercises, discuss methods, and walk away with strategies, lesson plans, and handouts to help their students make the leap from the haptic to the virtual.

More details to come!