Teach to Reach: Strategies for the New Realities

Online education is synonymous with teaching remotely. On its face, it refers to the use of teleconferencing platforms to work with students at distant locations; that is, being physically remote.  However, when we speak of individuals as remote, it’s not a compliment. It means they are distant, unengaged, and hard-to-reach.

When a professor presents material to a class, what aspects of students’ reactions may be harder to perceive and address online? Is there a loss of feedback in the online environment? Are students more likely to ask questions in person? Are they more likely to express emotional reactions in person? Or does the distance of virtual learning help (some) students to communicate the ideas and feelings that the educator needs to know about in order to teach effectively?

The student-to-student dynamic also changes when students no longer share a physical space. Again, our pedagogical question is how the educator can harness the new dynamic to teach more effectively. For example, how do students’ contacts with each other on social media compare to their in-person contacts before, during, and after an in-person class? Should those who teach adjust their methods to reflect the new reality?

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Schedule of Presentations

Unless otherwise noted, all times listed below are in Eastern Time. The Symposium will begin at 9:45 am ET/8:45 am CT/7:45 am MT/6:45 am PT.

9:45 am – 10:15 am ET Welcome
10:15 am – 11:45 am ET Presentation Group 1 and Q&A

Interior Design Education’s Circular Future is Here
Mary Anne Beecher, The Ohio State University

Memory and Deep Experience as Generative Agents for the Design Idea
Tina Patel, Kent State University
Stacie Burtelson, Kent State University
Jennifer Roebuck, Kent State University

Pivoting the Capstone Studio Online: Transitions from the Academy to the Profession
Helen Turner, University of Kentucky
Patrick Lee Lucas, University of Kentucky

Pandemic Studio: Pedagogical Tools Employed to Enhance Student Learning Amidst Unprecedented Circumstances
Heather Carter, Oklahoma State University
Laura Cole, University of Missouri – Columbia

11:45 am – 12:00 pm ET Break
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm ET Keynote Presentation

Dr. Claire C. Lamonica, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Illinois State University

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm ET Break
1:00 pm – 2:05 pm ET Presentation Group 2 and Q&A

Experience Based Learning Using Virtual Media
Suchismita Bhattacharjee, University of Oklahoma
Tracy Scott-Howard, University of Oklahoma

Service Learning in a Pandemic World
Shelby Hicks, Western Carolina University

Cross Cultural Teaching and Ideas to Help the Global Design Educator
Kevin Woolley, Purdue University
Byrad Yyelland, VCUarts Qatar

2:05 pm – 2:30 pm ET Networking
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm ET Panel

Securing, Implementing and Surviving a Design Studio Remodel Through Innovative Visioning

3:15 pm – 3:20 pm ET Break
3:20 pm – 4:20 pm ET Presentation Group 3 and Q&A

Small Teaching Principles in Internship Course Design
Amy Huber, Department of Interior Architecture and Design, Florida State University
Jim Dawkins, Florida State University
Steven Webber, Florida State University

The Virtual Internship: Exploring Community and A New Model for Interior Design Education
Lisa Tucker, Virginia Tech Interior Design

The Emergence of a New Material Culture; Flexible yet Rigid Textile Structures
Negar Kalantar, California College of the Arts
Robert Bracelin, Autodesk

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm ET Break
4:30 pm – 4:40 pm ET Poster Session

A Prototype Museum: Connecting the Audience from Passive to Active Engagement
Qingfei Xu, Savannah College of Art and Design
Ricardo Navarro, Savannah College of Art and Design

4:40 pm – 4:50 pm ET Breakout Session: Small-Group Networking
4:50 pm – 5:55 pm ET Presentation Group 4 and Q&A

Across the Age Continuum: Designing for Autism and Aging Adults within an Intergenerational Care Facility
Hallie Wolf, Central Michigan University
Jeanneane Wood-Nartker, Central Michigan University
Benjamin Chmieleski, Central Michigan University

Transformative Housing for Young Adults with Autism: A Preservation & Cultural Heritage Approach to Inclusive Community
Diane Al Shihabi, Iowa State University
Mikesch Muecke, Ph.D.,Architecture, Iowa State University
Julie Irish, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Andrea Wheeler, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Daniel Kuhlmann, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Expanding the Reach of Design Through Digitally Printed Fabrics
Stephen Skorski, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

5:55 pm – 6:00 pm ET Break
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm ET Happy Hour
with “Celebrity Chef” Drink Mixing & Cooking Lesson
6:45 pm – 7:50 pm ET Presentation Group 5 and Q&A

Red Delicious vs. Granny Smith: Teaching Face-to-Face vs. Distance Learning, Are They the Same Genus?
Jane Hughes, Western Carolina University

Processing Fundamentals: Adapting Existing Models for Remote Learning
Suzanne Lettieri, Fashion Institute of Technology 

99 Rooms – Drawing From Home
Stephanie Davidson, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

7:50 pm – 8:00 pm ET Closing Remarks