Design Didactics

Just as there is no single way of learning, there is no universal way of teaching. But when it comes to teaching design, didactics can help with finding the best method for different situations. It’s about adjusting the knowledge and the theory to the student that is in front of you. And in this course, it’s students teaching students.

Whether your aim is to teach or not, this elective course will help deepen your own understanding of the design process, design techniques and methodology. This is done by focussing on the principles of didactics and how to create education related to design and the design process.

Explore different learning styles as well as how to align learning goals, activities and assessments. Delve into the essence of competencies, how to give feedback, and how to deliver effective instruction in front of a group. And learn about coaching styles, conversation skills, and how to help students reflect.

Through experiential learning, students will put what they learn into practice as they support teachers in Design Project 2. As teaching assistants, students engage in a deeper way with the learning process.  

The course makes students aware of their own learning process by exploring the learning process of others. It makes design students more reflective, more empathetic and verbally competent. And it may inspire some to become the design teachers of the future.

Course Coordinator's perspective

“The students make me proud because they are very good at what they do. I hear from other students about how much they are helped by the didactics students because they are closer to the students and understand them better. I’m proud to pass on the knowledge of didactics, but it’s broader than that. It’s a set of soft skills that can help engineers a lot in their professional life as well.”

Jelle Zijlstra

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