Hyderabad, India: The forum on Integrated Design Education, chaired by Prof. Josef Strobl, Director, Centre for Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Austria, at Geospatial World Forum 2011 addressed various facets of design education. The forum witnessed participation from industry, association and academia alike.
In his keynote address, Tom Joseph, Director – Education APAC, Autodesk, focussed on empowering next generation while outlining trends affecting design. According to Tom, digital life is one of the first factors affecting design. Children today learn in a way that is different from the earlier generation, with the range of digital devices they are exposed to giving a different perspective to their experience with technology. He opined that educators need to be in sync with these changes. The other trend is globalisation. Educators, according to Tom, need to build children as global citizens in the wake of globalisation. Huge infrastructure is required to meet the global growth. This calls for radical approach to education. Another trend is climate change. Tom observed that there is a need for educators to start building a culture of sustainability among children / students so that they can build sustainable design. The areas identified by Tom as important for design are architecture, engineering and construction where building information modelling solutions are the way ahead; manufacturing where mechanical engineering is transforming and digital prototyping solutions will hold the key and media and entertainment which calls for digital creation. To empower next generation, the critical elements according to Tom are making technology economical if not free and deriving institutional, faculty and student excellence.
Mark Reichardt, President & CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium, discussed the relevance of standards in relation to design education. He informed the audience about Industry Foundation Class (IFC) Standard that offers benefits like fewer interfaces and interoperability with related sectors. Education needs according to him are many roles, many professions and expanding need of skills / knowledge of players. Mark presented the findings of an informal survey conducted by him where the key outcome was that university programmes are having trouble serving market needs and that standards are under-emphasised. Among the ways identified by him is to bring geographic scientists and designers together in hands-on activities to promote fusion of GIS and design. Both groups can look at IT through different paradigms. John A. Horn, Professor, ITC, Netherlands elaborated upon the education options offered by his institute including distance learning programmes especially for India.
Source: Our correspondent