Creating a Multidisciplinary Collaboration Service-Learning Experience in Design Education
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Sacha Joseph-Mathews (1), Marie Anna Lee (1), Nicole Kreidler (2)
Institution: 1: University of the Pacific, United States of America; 2: Western Virginia University, United States of America
Section: Design Education
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.232
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)
The design process in most organizations is often collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. Yet most institutions of higher learning do not offer students the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams. This study follows an experiential service-learning project over 3 years to explore the role of multidisciplinary project teams on design education outcomes. Findings suggest that the quality of designs improved over time and students consider experiential learning in multidisciplinary teams to be a valuable component in their education, increasing their job readiness upon graduation.