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Corrine Beaumont

Blogging Benefits in the classroom

BENEFITS: Track progress: students document their own journey and become “tourists” in class. Improve articulation: by having to put into words what they are thinking they develop communication skills alongside their critical and analytical skills. Transferrable Technical Skills: students learn how to design websites by becoming familiar with an CMS platform, WordPress. Reputation building: by […]

Adventures in Blogging

Creative Uses of Blogging in a Postgraduate Entrepreneurship Course: Discussion and Reflection of Benefits, Challenges and Best Practice (draft) Author: Dr. Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont, MFA, PhD Kingston University, London Abstract Blogging is increasingly being used in the classroom environment. In addition to being a method for recording reflection, blogs can be a useful tool for […]

Wilson Review on Entrepreneurship, misguided

Sir Tim Wilson in his interview with The Guardian last November (2011) is critical of the role that universities, in particular business schools, can play in entrepreneurship and building future entrepreneurs. This post is a response to that article which cites the growing link between design and business and experience-led education. 

Queen at the London Riots

Many people are upset that The Queen wasn’t in London for the London Riots. So… Ladies and gentlemen who are leaving comments on The British Monarchy’s facebook page, worry no more. She was there: Click image to enlarge at full screen. Okay, I may have used a little Photoshop skills here. It’s actually a different […]

Cross Words

Nigel Cross is probably already familiar to many of you as the grandfather of design research. If not, you should really get to know him. Here is one of my favourite quotes from him this week.

TED Talk Tweets about Tim

Twitter is very helpful if you don’t have the ability to be at TED when a favorite design speaker talks, but luckily a few TEDsters in the audience are tweeting the highlights for me until I can get the Tim Brown (of IDEO) video in a few months. Here are the Tweet highlights of his talk…

Guy Kawasaki’s Art of Innovation

“Great innovation occurs when you decide you want to make meaning in the world.” This and a few more highlights from Guy Kawaski at the Cisco Live 2009 ‘Art of Innovation’ speech.

If I ran a design school

My dream would be to run my own design school. This post is about how I would run things at MyU.

5 Intelligent Questions to Ask

Here are 5 categories of questions good designers ask. I’m looking forward to being more self-aware of the questions I ask in the generative phase, making sure that they are diverging and not converging. I think it likely requires a little patience but I’m willing to wait for the ideas to ripen.

Using Activity Centred Design for Innovation

When designers are presented with a project, the first step is to place the issues in context and define the problem. Gathering and organising the related people, places, events, activities, rules and traditions associated with a project often happens in an organic or haphazard fashion throughout the design process. This can pose challenges, especially when several people are required to work together on a large project. Activity-Centred Design can help.

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