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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Dr Alun Price

Friday, 02 September 2016


Presenter: Dr Alun Price

Title: Enhancing visual communication in teaching international students

Biography: Dr Alun Price has long career in design education, having been a Senior Lecturer in Design History and Research at Curtin University, and a Head of the School of Design at Curtin. He was employed by the Western Australian Curriculum Council, where he was responsible for the development of the Senior School Design course. He piloted the tertiary entrance exams in Design and acted as Chief Examiner after leaving the Curriculum Council.

At ECU he coordinates the Environmental and Spatial Design Major and teaches DEF1106 Collaborative Design and various spatial design units. In 2016 he taught the 120 visiting TCU students in a version of the collaborative unit.

Abstract: Recent experience in teaching design to students from Tokyo City University has highlighted the need for alternative methods of communicating information. It has been difficult to communicate verbally due to the low English levels of some of the students (about IELTS 3). As ECU expands its international offerings it is increasingly important to be able to communicate with intelligent and able students who have not had much exposure to learning in English. In communicating with the TCU students I found that using diagrams and sketches worked well. For example creating a cartoon of the process needed to carry out an assignment, such as research in books, asking questions and testing out designs on users. The students also produced visuals to describe their experiences and thinking.

This has lead to a piece of research, funded by a strategic initiative grant, where communicative images are being produced. This discussion looks at the visual language of the TCU students and how that has influenced the current project.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.251
Cost: Free
Lunch will be provided.


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