2024 Call for Innovative Teaching Ideas

Submission Due: June 3, 2024

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites educators from around the globe to submit an Innovative Teaching Ideas for potential inclusion in the IDEC 2024 Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection. Submissions are double-blind reviewed by a panel of distinguished interior design educators who will recommend acceptance for publication under Innovative Teaching Ideas on IDEC’s website. As such, and subject to college/university tenure and promotion guidelines, an Innovative Teaching Ideas may be appropriate for inclusion in an educator’s curriculum vitae record.

An Innovative Teaching Ideas (ITI) is an Interior Design project, assignment or other planned learning activity, developed and facilitated by an Interior Design educator that advances creativity and effectiveness in teaching and learning in Interior Design for youth. Inclusion in the IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection recognizes the author as a leader in innovative teaching. In the spirit of collaboration and advancing the education of interior design students, IDEC invites educators to share their ideas and experiences.

Schedule (Tentative):

Monday, June 3          Submissions received no later than 11:59 PM CST

Monday, June 24        Review deadline for reviewers

Monday, July 8            Email notice of acceptance with reviewer scores and comments

Monday, July 22          Authors submit release form and address reviewer comments (if any)

Monday, July 29          IDEC 2024 Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection available on IDEC website

Submission Categories

Submissions are welcome in these categories:

  • Studio Projects
  • Non-Studio Projects
  • Exercises
  • Field Trip Itineraries and Details (with applied learning exercises)
  • Other Planned Learning Activities

Special Topic – K-12 Focused Interior Design Activities

This special topic opportunity invites proposals for interior design projects, lessons, or activities to be shared and executed by K-12 educators, IDEC members, and industry professionals, with the aim of reaching a broader audience. Accepted proposals will showcase comprehensive interior design projects, lessons, or activities specifically designed for various learning levels and age groups, ensuring suitability for different stages of development.

  • K-4 grade (elementary school age)
  • 5-6 grade (middle school age)
  • 7-8 grade (junior high age)
  • 9-10 grade (high school entry level)
  • 11- 12 grade (high school advanced

Each comprehensive interior design project, lesson, or activity should include time allocation, supply lists, course objectives, instructions, grading rubrics, and image or picture examples of each step. This entails furnishing a detailed, step-by-step guide for content delivery, ensuring clarity and coherence in implementation of the interior design content.

Submission Requirements

To assure blind review, submissions must NOT include author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), course numbers, or any other forms of identification. Submissions that do not satisfy all requirements will be disqualified from review. All submissions must be made through the online submission form. The online submission form provides further instruction regarding submission requirements. Only submissions received through the online process will be accepted for review.

Submission Limits and Fees

To support broad representation among educators, a limit is imposed on the maximum number of Innovative Teaching Ideas submitted each year. Authors serving in the role of primary author are limited to two (2) submissions annually. IDEC members may submit up to two ideas without charge. Non-IDEC members may submit up to two ideas for a review fee of $20 for each idea.

Criteria for Review

Ideas are reviewed for their attendance to excellence and innovation. Reviewers will use the following criteria to assess each submission and make recommendations for acceptance.

  • The ITI demonstrates an innovative teaching and learning method or approach
  • The ITI is well organized, clear, and appropriate for the intended audience and age level.
  • The ITI includes clear and comprehensive directions with examples on how to execute the project, lesson, or activity.
  • The ITI adds significant value to the current state of Interior Design education.
  • The ITI lends itself to easy adoption by K-12 educators, IDEC members, industry professionals, and the broader community.


In order to share interior design content with the K-12 community, IDEC will make these Innovative Teaching Ideas available to members and non-members at no cost.