Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Inscriptions and gestures in educational design team meetings


16 September 2015

A Research on Learning and Education Innovation seminar with Dewa Wardak.

Designers in fields such as architecture and engineering are trained to express their ideas using drawings and sketches. They are encouraged to learn how to draw and to avoid disposing of their sketches, even when these are just messy 'scribblings'. A significant portion of articles in Design Studies journal have been dedicated to analysing the use of hand-drawn representations by designers in these fields. In contrast, very little is known about how education designers use drawing and sketching to support their communication in face-to-face design-team meetings.

The presenter of this seminar will outline the findings of her PhD study into the ways in which five groups of educational designers created and used inscriptions in support of their work. Inscriptions are defined here as all types of drawings, sketches, and visual marks created in support of design activities. Because face-to-face design sessions often involve multimodal communication, analysis of non-verbal communication such as gesturing is also necessary. In the study, gestures were often used as an additional communicative channel. They functioned as complementary representational means through which the participants made sense of the inscriptions.

Results from this study contribute to our understanding of the multimodal nature of communication in face-to-face design and have implications for the design and function of next-generation design tools and design environments, as well as for the training of educational designers.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612

  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments

  • Speaker: Dr Dewa Wardak is a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), University of Sydney. Her main research area is the role of visual representations, in particular sketching, and their use by educational designers in design-team settings. Her research interests include design for learning, design of online learning environments, learning by design, collaborative learning, online learning communities, and knowledge visualisation.

Inscriptions and gestures in educational design team meetings

Where Room 612, Education Building A35


16 September 2015

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