User experience design expertise, innovation and leadership programs
73% of teachers say blended learning increases engagement.
SE Asia’s universities are facing unprecedented challenges
We understand it’s extremely hard to deliver quality curriculums aligned to user experience design, innovation and emerging market employability. And the situation has been complicated by covid and study from home.
In response to these challenges we have developed programs of learning that bridge the gap between the higher education and industry. As providers, we are here to help students with opportunities to learn and develop new competencies; energised with new challenges and skills.
How we help universities scale using blended learning
Blended learning offers the best of online an in-person experiences supporting student development. The more students think, the more they reflect, the more they exercise their ability to modify their concepts, the more they are learning. And that’s what we are trying to do as teachers. To accelerate that processing cycle using the blend of technology and pedagogical best practice.
Our pedagogical perspective is humanist. Students are encouraged to take control over their learning and development. This reflects the professional practice of design and is aligned to constructivist theory in education. We believe that education is transformative and frame our courses around creating social, cultural and economic impact for SE Asia.
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Our blended learning program delivery is asynchronous. As such students can learn in their own schedule, within a certain timeframe. Typically our programs are 7.5 credits. This equates to 12-14 hours of part-time notional study per week for six weeks.
Our in-person Guerrilla Thinking Through Making™ innovation workshop is 2.5 credits, equated to four days of full-time study.
Accessible education commitment
Education is the future fuel of any economy–education that is accessible to everyone regardless of gender, faith, age, social status, or accessibility. For this reason DSA believes all of us in higher education should be responsible to challenge the embedded attitudes and other forms of discrimination rather than deliberate over character deficits of the individual.
Academic governance and assurance
Assurance Governance about the student academic experience, student outcomes and award standards are overseen by the Advance HE Reviewing Academic Governance in Higher Education Framework. Advance HE is the UKs professional membership scheme promoting excellence in Higher Education. Our programs are externally audited by a SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) from Advance HE annually. More information regarding Advance HE’s Academic Governance can be found here: https://bit.ly/3EfVTdc
Programs of learning frequently asked questions
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Who are the courses for?
Undergraduate and masters students in formal design education with the emphasis on practice-based learning activities. This provision is supported by optional self-directed learning in the form of readings typical of scholarship.
What is the delivery language of the courses?
English. All the screencast lectures have auto-generated close captions as we appreciate learners are typically using their second language in SE Asia.
Are the courses online delivery only?
No. Students prefer to learn online and in-person. Some of the learning dimensions such as lectures and reflection are online, others are in-person. Our tooling for this typically reflects the lower dimensions of Bloom’s taxonomy delivered online and the higher dimensions in-person. This reflects pedagogical best practice.
Do the courses issue an e-certificate of completion?
Yes. This is fully customisable. For example co-branded with your institution’s logo and the program director signature.
What is the duration of a course?
Our blended learning delivery is asynchronous. As such students can learn in their own schedule, within a certain timeframe. Typically our programs are 7.5 credits. This equates to 12-14 hours of part-time notional study per week for six weeks. Our in-person Guerrilla Thinking Through Making™ innovation workshop is 2.5 credits, equated to four days of full-time study.
Is there academic governance and assurance with your courses?
Yes. The academic experience, student outcomes and award standards are overseen by the Advance HE Reviewing Academic Governance in Higher Education Framework. Advance HE is the UKs professional membership scheme promoting excellence in Higher Education. Our programs are externally audited by a SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) from Advance HE annually.
All the practice-based activities are delivered using Figma. Why?
We have an educational license with Figma that covers your institution’s students too. And it’s the preferred software for the digital product industries. You can optionally use other third-party software to deliver the activities eg, Miro or Google’s Jamboard instead.
How can we measure the ROI of the courses?
We have developed a learning and development KPI framework with four dimensions: individual performance, capabilities, strategic alignment and organisational health that’s used to evaluate learning impact.
Who governs student regulations in the MyDSA learning management system?
You do. your institution’s student policies extend to MyDSA eg, your code of ethics, summative assessment grading compliance, extenuating circumstances policy etc.
Can you help with developing other courses for us?
Yes. We offer this as professional consulting services for higher education institutions, larger SMEs and enterprise. We have developed a common basic framework of learning, program level outcomes and summative assessment criteria to ensure teaching and learning consistency.
E-certificates of completion
Meet the DSA founder | Graham Newman
MRes RCA, PGCHE, FRSA
Graham Newman is the Founder of Design School Asia. He has extensive expertise in innovation design practice and education across Asia Pacific for over 20 years. He has taught at leading universities in Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta–and has worked across SME and enterprise industries in the design, research and manufacturing sectors. Graham’s innovation practice is forged by his Masters of Research experience at the Royal College of Art, and his commercial experience during in which he has won several international design awards. Read More →