I’ll be teaching a course titled “Graphic Design for the Web” at Camosun College here in Victoria in December. I’ll actually be teaching 2 sections concurrently. It will be a 16 hour course, and as it has never been taught before, I’ll be developing the outline and content for it.
This is a pretty big challenge for me. I taught my course in Flash at Langara last summer, and really enjoyed it. It was a course that was focused around using a particular piece of software, however. Design is a more abstract concept, and while I am looking forward to teaching again, I am also trepidatious – how do I fill up 16 hours of class time in an entertaining and compelling way? How do I put my past experience as a graphic designer into words? I find enough challenge in creating design work – trying to describe the process to a class will be another thing entirely.
This is a request for anyone out there, who has had any experience learning, teaching or practising graphic design. If you have any ideas about what works or doesn’t work in a classroom, or perhaps a book or article or website recommendation, please leave a comment. Of particular interest would be group exercises I could use to engage my students in thinking critically about graphic design.