Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL) is an “international conference exploring and evolving digitally engaged teaching and learning in art and design Higher Education.” This past September, DEL 2017 was hosted at the University Arts London’s Central St. Martins campus, a former industrial area now a mix of residential, cultural and commercial spaces.
This year’s theme, “Teaching Making/Making Teaching” investigated how digital products and practices continue to deeply affect teaching and learning in art and design. Keynote presenters included Berlin-based artist Diana Acre, who shared her practice in activism and performance, multidisciplinary graphic designer Thomas Castro based in Arnham (NL) who shared a range of projects exploring transitions from analogue to digital, and a student led panel, Designing the Feminist Internet, reflecting on strategies for a more inclusive internet. Paper presentations covered topics ranging from creative coding, virtual studio learning, digital feedback platforms, reflexive making through physical computing, digitizing handmade pottery techniques and critical digital tools for architecture.
One of the conference highlights included an evening reception and dinner held at the nearby Skip Garden, a community kitchen and garden space in central London built with recycled building materials. AMPD delegates David Gelb, Lillian Heinson and Micheal Longford met with conference organizers from University Arts London, The New School/Parsons, Texas State University, and the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture to begin planning for next year’s event.
AMPD looks forward to hosting DEL 2018 next September. Check back for updates!