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Design Interest Group (DIG)

Established 2001

Purpose: The primary objective of the Design Interest Group (DIG) is to fulfill the compelling mission of supporting art and design educators, teaching artists, and other leaders as they learn how to teach, integrate, and facilitate design education within PreK-12. Our collective goal is to guide learners of all ages in the human-centered, transformative power of Design Thinking and Learning (adapted from NDTI, 1998).

An inventive process that can be applied across all subject areas:

  • Problems are identified by way of learner-driven discovery
  • Creative problem-solving capacities are practiced and developed
  • Ideas are explored, investigated, and sorted
  • Solutions are proposed, produced, and presented
  • Learning process is assessed aimed at improving future learning
  • Learning outcomes are evaluated and clarified via feedback

It is our vision to facilitate ongoing interactions between the DIG community and NAEA members. Areas of focus include the development of design education content, facilitation of the design thinking and learning process, the framing of design-based learning lesson plans and curriculum, and insights into growing design education advocacy and professional development opportunities. With a solid foundation in hand, we continue to build partnerships with professional design-based organizations, universities, and schools.

To Join DIG:

  1. Please visit NAEA’s listings of special interest groups.
  2. Scroll down about half way down then click on the Design Interest Group
  3. Now login and click on the “Join NAEA Interest Group/s”
  4. Final steps! Select Design Interest Group, then follow payment instructions.

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CONTACT

Rande Blank
DIG Chair, Director MAT in Visual Arts Education, Department of Art + Design Education, University of the Arts
randeblank@comcast.net

Rande Blank

DIG Chair, Director MAT in Visual Arts Education, Department of Art + Design Education, University of the Arts

Chair (Term: 2017-2019)

Rande Blank

DIG Chair, Director MAT in Visual Arts Education, Department of Art + Design Education, University of the Arts