Open Source is Key for Innovating Pedagogy and Curricula

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B304

Excerpt

This talk will discuss how a closed loop in education—across all grade levels and disciplines—contributes to the stagnation of a profession and how an open source approach and platform is necessary to break the inward cycle of our current pedagogy. It will also show examples of collaboration in the creation of curricula leading to the generation of new, innovative pedagogy and review current methods for educators to open source and call for new methods and platforms to aid educators.

Description

Nobody will argue that great visual design is created by one person in isolation. Good visual design is the product of dialogue and critical critique that only results when designers collaborate with others. For the design to be functional as well as visually stunning, collaboration with Content Strategists, Developers, and Information Architects is essential. Yet, when it comes to the creation of design curricula and pedagogy educators rarely collaborate, and if they do it’s with their colleagues they already interact with everyday. If the creators of design curricula are working in isolation how will new ideas be injected into the classroom and core principles strengthened on a mass scale?

Currently at best, design curricula is decided by three to four educators with similar skillsets and training, each focusing on an individual class that they run by each other in passing. However, it’s more likely curricula is decided by one educator on a class by class basis in total isolation with those one off classes cobbled together to form a non-cohesive program. As for pedagogy, the delivery of curricula, there is no collaboration! From my experiences at the college level it’s everyone for themselves, and as a design educator I was guilty of this as well. It wasn’t until I started finding the odd design educator here and there posting course materials to a personal website or blog that I truly began to grow as an educator. Unfortunately, finding these remote peers is extremely difficult and it’s generally just a single class designed for student use, not an entire program for fellow educators, and no possibility to collaboration with their materials exists.

To help educators, I open source my own materials through a personal website, Vimeo Channel, and Github Repositories when code is involved, but this isn’t enough! To truly create an open source culture for pedagogy—and create students capable of true innovation not mimicry—every educator will need to share more and contribute to pedagogy including student assessments and outcomes at the course and program level and then distribute to an easily searchable platform. Educational materials openly available will not only allow for educators to remotely collaborate with and improve upon each other, it will allow industry professionals to inject their working knowledge back to the curricula much like large scale open source projects like GIMP, Linux, and WordPress already operate.

This talk will discuss how a closed loop in education—across all grade levels and disciplines—contributes to the stagnation of a profession and how an open source approach and platform is necessary to break the inward cycle of our current pedagogy. It will also show examples of collaboration in the creation of curricula leading to the generation of new, innovative pedagogy and review current methods for educators to open source and call for new methods and platforms to aid educators.

Tags

education, curricula, pedagogy, Open Source

Speaking experience

I have spoken at several design education conferences including AIGA Connecting Dots http://connectingdots.aiga.org/materials/ConnectingDots_final_papers.pdf, AIGA New Ventures, Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, and The University & College Designers
Association’s National Education Summit. This will be the first time I've given this talk.

Speaker

  • Gary rozanc

    Biography

    Gary is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Education Director for AIGA Baltimore. Gary also hosts Design Edu Today, the podcast series discussing topics concerning the state of interactive design education at institutions of higher learning.

    Gary has presented his interactive and user experience research and findings at international and national peer-reviewed conferences including AIGA’s bi-annual National Conference “Head, Heart, Hand” and the “International Conference on Design Principles & Practices.”

    Sessions

      • Title: Open Source is Key for Innovating Pedagogy and Curricula
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B304
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        This talk will discuss how a closed loop in education—across all grade levels and disciplines—contributes to the stagnation of a profession and how an open source approach and platform is necessary to break the inward cycle of our current pedagogy. It will also show examples of collaboration in the creation of curricula leading to the generation of new, innovative pedagogy and review current methods for educators to open source and call for new methods and platforms to aid educators.

      • Speakers: Gary Rozanc

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