Make the World a Better Place: Design Skills in an Academic Context


This article aims to present a pedagogical practice carried out in an academic context with undergraduate students from the 2nd year of the Communication Design course at Lusófona University (UL) in the second semester of 2021/22. A proposal that provides continuity to a project developed in the 1st semester in partnership with this NGO. A collaborative endeavour to help build a school in Monte Chimoio, Manica, Mozambique, through a collection of design artefacts for fundraising – T-shirts and sweatshirts for different ages and genders, hats, key holders and tote bags. The creative process was done using the Design Thinking methodology (problem definition, project ideation, prototyping and implementation of the chosen proposal). The article is divided into four parts: Introduction, literature review, work methodology and final considerations. The President of the NGO will take part in the last step of the creative process by selecting for print the best propositions. This pedagogical exercise proved to be an opportunity for students to engage in a real-life project with the possibility of applying the tools and methods learned in the course. Design scholars must motivate and prepare design students to work on projects that contribute to society and to recognise the role design plays in social issues — a Design practice through co-working that educates students to use design processes to support positive social change giving them the ability to be part of a project with a cause.

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Carla Cadete, HEI-Lab Center–Lusófona University, Portugal

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Conference: ACEID2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Cadete C. (2023) Make the World a Better Place: Design Skills in an Academic Context ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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