DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity, Aalborg, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016

Year: 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Skjelbred, Bente
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Section: Studio
Page(s): 284-289
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9


This paper provides a psychological and design didactical view on student driven workshops to
promote learning as part of a design process. Students have, through observational learning, gotten
acquainted with the method, its potential and possibilities and adopted it extensively in an academic
context with varying experiences and outcome. The paper reports on the findings from the analysis of
three semi-structured interviews of recently graduated Product Design students’ from Oslo and
Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. These graduates used workshopping as a significant
part of their design process through their work with their Master’s Projects. The findings in this paper
maps out the students’ experiences with running workshops. It then goes on to discuss how their
experiences with student initiated collaborative workshop situations can be understood and managed
from a design didactical view in light of Social Cognitive Theory emerged primary from the work of
Albert Bandura [1,2,3,4]. The study shows that the students’ seem to find the facilitating role
challenging and experiences to a high degree independent learning as the approach for preparing the
workshops. They do however find it rewarding and useful for their design process and learning at the
same time. The findings also shows a significant didactical potential using SCT as an active learning
strategy from a teaching point of view, by using supporting teaching methods to gain didactical
awareness to achieve a high degree of reflective learning and personal growth.

Keywords: Workshopping, independent-learning, Social Cognitive Theory (SCT), Product design students, design didactics.


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