Improving Lives Through Learning



Digital learning is about replacing traditional educational methods of using pen and paper on a board. The inclusion of digital learning in the classrooms includes software programs and equipment as opposed to the simple pen.

It empowers students by getting them to be more interested in design learning and expanding their horizons. Here is how digital learning is a step up from traditional education methods.

Smart learning: Learning tools and technology enable students to develop effective self-directed learning skills. This increases their efficiency and productivity. In addition to engaging design students, digital learning tools and technology sharpen critical thinking skills, which are the basis for the development of analytic reasoning. Design students who explore open-ended questions with imagination and logic learn how to make decisions, as opposed to just temporarily memorizing the textbook.

Positive feelings Students also develop positive feelings of accomplishment from mastering new knowledge and skills using digitized learning tools giving them the confidence they need to want to learn even more new things.

Self-motivating: Students using digital learning tools and technology become more engaged in the process and more interested in growing their knowledge base, they may not even realize that they’re actively learning since they’re learning through engaging methods such as peer education, teamwork, problem-solving, reverse teaching, concept maps, gamification, staging, role playing, and storytelling.

Since digital learning is far more interactive and memorable than voluminous textbooks or one-sided lectures, they provide better context, a greater sense of perspective, and more engaging activities than traditional education methods. This allows students to better connect with the learning material. Further, they often offer a more interesting and involving way to digest information. This is reflected in their retention rates of the topics.

Better employability: Digital learning increases employability dimensions before students because today every small to big companies are using one app/software or another for quicker and accurate results in achieving a project. This is also a real-world approach to learning in this fast-paced world. Digital education is at the core of our teaching wherein we save on time and expenses incurred on the stationery materials every day while doing the selected course.

D-Lab based teaching

Laboratories are wonderful settings for teaching and learning because it provides students with opportunities to think about, discuss, and solve real problems through models, and material/design experiments.

It gives first-hand experience in observation and manipulation of the materials which is superior to other methods of developing understanding and appreciation.

Laboratory based design teaching provides training in observation, supplied detailed information, and arousing interests.

Lab teaching can be among the richest experiences students have at our Laureate Design Lab. It is one of the few opportunities students will have to practice design in a similar way that professionals do. In order for labs to be effective, students need to understand not only how to do the experiment, but why the experiment is worth doing, and what purpose it serves for improving their understanding a concept, relationship, or process.

Why design lab?

  1. Skills: manipulative, inquiry, investigative, organizational, communicative
  2. Concepts: for example, hypothesis, theoretical model, taxonomic category
  3. Cognitive abilities: critical thinking, problem solving, application, analysis, synthesis
  4. Understanding of the nature of design: design enterprise, designers and how they work, existence of a multiplicity of design methods, interrelationships between design and technology and among the various disciplines of design.
  5. Attitudes: for example, curiosity, interest, risk taking, objectivity, precision, confidence, perseverance, satisfaction, responsibility, consensus, collaboration, and liking design.

D-Site based teaching

Students work on a studio project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation or drawings for a real audience after going through rounds of site visits where application of materials happens before the eyes of the students.

As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Site Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students of design.

Dimensional Designs

-it refers to the visual and physical structure of an object. It is three dimensional. We live in 3D space surrounded by stationery and kinetic forms. Human beings, like all objects, exist in a form-space relationship. Form and space are complimentary and one cannot exist without the other. Space is an aid to the perception and appreciation of form.

Expression of Forms through design software:

We use all available tools of 2d and 3d software for the best visualization of the space with certain sets of forms based on the kind of projects we are up to, for real expression.

Expression of the form can be derived through selection of any one of or a combination of the following three basic characteristics viz. linear characteristic, the planar characteristic and the volumetric characteristic that constitute the formal elements as they come into interplay with one another. These combinations can be used to derive the basic personality of the forms through 2d/3d software.

Application of such a visual language for expression is constantly sought by the designer in various design assignments involving generations of form to suite the need of various types of projects such as- retail/commercial, institutional, residential or any type. This industry now doesn’t work without them anymore.