Teaching design through micro-assignments: Experience-based cases towards training future design professionals

Derek G. Ross, Dan Card, Goeff Gimse

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Abstract

This paper considers three brief experience reports on teaching design in both academia and industry with an eye towards training future design professionals. We focus on production-based micro-assignments: small, low-stakes pieces of work that serve broader goals and encourage adaptive thinking, arguing that low-stakes projects assigned either in the classroom or in the workplace for training help future designers better prepare themselves for complex, multimodal workplaces and careers. The microprojects we consider here include examples from a Document Design classroom, teaching structured authoring in DITA, and the value of microtrainings in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGDOC 2020 - Proceedings of the 38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375252
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2020
Event38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2020 - Denton, Virtual, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2020Oct 9 2020

Publication series

NameSIGDOC 2020 - Proceedings of the 38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication

Conference

Conference38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication, SIGDOC 2020
CountryUnited States
CityDenton, Virtual
Period10/5/2010/9/20

Keywords

  • DITA
  • Document design
  • Microtraining
  • Multimodal workplace

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