04.24.20

COLLECTIVE D(ESIGN): Design Online; The Education Community Responds to Change

In response to our rapidly changing world, IIDA brings you a design-focused dialogue on the effects of a global crisis. Watch the third webinar in the series today. 

IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon FIIDA, and Ryan Ben, IIDA’s student engagement and advancement manager hosted a panel of educators and students for this important community discussion focused on design education and career planning during this time of transition. How have personal priorities shifted, how are educators and professionals identifying how best to support students and soon-to-be graduates, and how are students adjusting to the drastically changing educational and employment landscape.

Panelists discuss ways to continue personal and professional development as we shelter in place; what internships will look like, how to maintain community; and how to ask for or offer help.

This webinar is registered for 1 IDCEC HSW CEU. To learn how to earn your CEU credit, visit IIDA.org for more information.

Key takeaways include:

•Taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical health can be your top priority—you’ll be better prepared to care for others and design.

•Lean into community. Show up to virtual events, programs, webinars, and virtual socializing to continue to developing and maintaining meaningful relationships.

•Leverage virtual tools and programs in the classroom so they can be used at any time. You may have to re-think your curriculum as an educator, and use a variety of apps can help to communicate and share new ideas in an inclusive way.

•Meet students where they are at to connect them with the information that they need. Firms and professionals should continue to work with students and educators, offering opportunities for enrichment and mentoring.

•Professionals and students alike can continue to learn and develop their careers by studying for the NCIDQ and WELL exams.

•Now is the time for service – think beyond design and connect the dots to the current need, and explore how you can best contribute.

Watch all the webinars in the series here.

Moderators

Cheryl S. Durst, Hon FIIDA
IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO
IIDA

Ryan Ben
Student Engagement and Advancement Manager
IIDA

Panelists

Tyler Hatton, Student IIDA
The Ohio State University
Campus Center Co-Leader
Ohio/Kentucky Chapter

Rebekah Matheny, IIDA
Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Department of Design
The Ohio State University

Jon Otis, IIDA
Founder and Principal, Object Agency (OlA)
Professor, Pratt Institute

Meghan Webster, AIA
Principal and Global Education Practice Area Leader
Gensler

The next webinar in the series, Human Resources: The New Normal and Opportunity will take place on April 16, 2020, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Central. Register today.

Join IIDA for a discussion on the pandemic’s short and long-term effects on talent and the impact on human resources within the design industry.

This article originally appeared here in the IIDA HQ publication IIDA | Design Matters.

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