Please find below 2 workshops that have been scheduled to run before the early enrolment evening on Wednesday 7th September 2016.
The workshops will run alongside each other from 16.00 to 18.00.

Places can be booked on these workshops when registering as a partcipant on conftool, alternatively you can email to book your place.

Workshop 1:LEGO Serious Play Session
Topic: International Collaboration between our educations and research

In the workshop we pick up the main focus of the E&PDE-conference the participants are invited to share experience and visions for improving international collaboration in our field. The workshop is run in the effective and entertaining LEGO SERIOUS PLAY format managed by experienced LSP-facilitators.
The participants should not prepare anything for the workshop. Just show up and have a breath-taking experience. Limited amount of participants: 20 persons.
You get the possibility to present your own experience on international collaboration related to research and education and you get an overview of the experiences and visions of your colleagues around the world. You will probably also discover new ways to describe collaborative topics and qualify your discussions and relations with the other participants.
The purpose of the workshop is therefore to qualify and increase international collaboration in our area, but also to introduce a creative workshop format that is successfully spreading around the world.

Workshop 2: How Can Social Network Sites Support Collaboration Within Product Design Education?
Chair: Ross Brisco – University of Strathclyde.
Co-Chair: Dr Ian Whitfield – University of Strathclyde.

In line with the conference theme of collaboration and cross-disiplinarity, this workshop will discuss the role of social network sites in design education.
Social network sites are an everyday tool to communicate with friends and family. Students have adopted the technology not only in their social lives but also to facilitate their academic work. Studies have indicated that social network sites make it easier for students to share formal and informal information within group project work, and achieve more timely communication. From a pedagogical perspective this raises interesting questions regarding how a team’s social dynamics could change when it comes to participating in group projects, how we can support and encourage students to use social network sites, as well as how appropriate our involvement is. Since these sites reflect a record of the communication, interaction and collaboration within the group, is it possible to use a student’s involvement in a social network environment as an evaluation of their performance?
If you interested in learning more about using social network sites to support collaboration, this workshop will act as an introduction to current and future use of the communication methods and can help you to understand how students today are utilising platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for effective design communication.
This workshop will aim to answer the questions:
• How are social network sites being used by students to support project based learning?
• How should academics support the use of social network sites in an appropriate way?
• How can we use social network sites to best engage students in their design projects?
The workshop will last for two hours and will be formatted as follows:
An introduction will be delivered on how students are using social network sites to conduct design projects and recommendations on ways to integrate social network sites into design education.


Remember to consider this great option when booking your travel.