Virtual Design Education as a Collaborative Practice: Trans-border Design Practice - the Design of a New Course


Society establishes borders through cultural expectations, norms, and rituals. The pandemic has prompted a new wave of globalisation for the service economy, and for designers it will likely alter the way we live, work, and earn a livelihood. Now, more than ever, the need to connect with a more global design perspective is crucial for the design students entering the real world. The world is becoming smaller and the last two years has made us challenge our perspectives. This pandemic has accelerated our arrival into this new future; a future that can be exciting but also daunting for our students if they are not prepared for the same. This course has been designed with that focus in mind. It will help students experience design from a varied global lens. It will encourage them to look outward towards different geographies and cultures, diachronically and synchronically, and to come up with and construct projects based off a diversified design narrative. Issues of language, society, equity, politics, information and sustainability will be looked at through the lens of colour, icons, brands, information graphics and images, to foster a more aware and inspired designer. This course has been designed with the key focus of making connections and hence get a better understating of our world through the lens of design. Through this paper, key attributes, objectives, learning outcomes and the proposed modus operandi for this course are shared, with the hope of informing and potentially garnering support and interested academic partners, from around the world.


Sheeraz Wania
Professor, School of Design, George Brown College/Sheridan College - Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Design Education


Instructional design, Design Pedagogy, Virtual Design Education, Collaboration

Digital Media


Virtual Design Education as a Collaborative Practice (pdf)