Digital Studies Symposium: Doreen Nelson

Doreen Nelson, recognized by The New York Times as one of the thirty most innovative educators in the United States, pioneered Design-Based Learning over 35 years ago with a method that produces dramatic improvement in K-12 student achievement. It reverses the emphasis from traditional rote learning to engaging students in thinking at the highest level by building physical artifacts that represent concepts in the curriculum.

Nelson’s method of Design-Based Learning is used by teachers worldwide. The diverse K-12 settings include classes for students expelled from California high schools, and classrooms in China, Finland and Japan. Her university-level work includes courses and projects conducted at UCLA, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, Harvard University, the Royal College of Art in London and the Smithsonian Institution.

Creator of the nation’s first M.A. degree in Design-Based Learning, Nelson is a professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona—in the College of Education and Integrative Studies and the College of Environmental Design—and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. There, she oversees the Design-Based Learning Laboratory.

The talk begins at 7:00 and is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

About the Symposium

The Digital Studies Symposium is designed to introduce participants to diverse scholarly media-based production. The speakers in this series are artists, programmers, scholars and designers, and their projects include cutting edge gestural interfaces, mobile media experiments, innovative websites and augmented reality pieces. The presentations will be moderated by Holly Willis, the IML’s Director of Academic Programs.

For further information, please contact the IML at 213.743.4421, or visit the symposium Web site.