Title: Design Innovation Practice School: The Experiential Learning Platform
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Nimit Mengveha, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
This article describes the ongoing study of designing and developing the undergraduate program in Design Innovation of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. The design-based research methodology has been applied to investigate the attempt in curricular transformation in addition to routinized curriculum revision practices. The concerns related to career readiness of graduates or competency gap are widely addressed from employer’s perspectives in various business sectors with their expectations toward academia. Meanwhile, several national higher-education policies are likely to react to this qualitative dilemma as for instance by introducing the outcome-based education rationale into action. Correspondingly, Design Innovation Program has aimed for transforming not only theoretical aspect but also to the new paradigm of curricular ecosystem, then carried out design-based research with series of approaches including stakeholder’s feedback collection for program analysis, pedagogical prototype testing, and formative evaluation to design curriculum structure including program learning outcomes, teaching and learning approach, student assessment. In conjunction with professional and academic partners internationally, the work-integrated learning with cross-cultural learning could play major roles to create efficient learning experiences. As a result, program has launched Design Innovation Practice School, the experiential learning platform, in which partner’s workplace shall be arranged more academic than typical internship or apprenticeship approach to bridge the gaps of industry’s demands, and to challenge the status quo in higher education administration. However, the academia-industry consortium model is to be created to sustain long-term relationships with mutual benefits.
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