Final event

Welcome to a webinar presenting an
Open Educational Resource for

developed by the VASE project

August 26, 2021, 3.30-6.00 pm (CEST)


Deadline for registering: August 25, 2021
The webinar is free of charge, but the seats are limited. 

The webinar shares the results of a 3-year long cross-European project co-funded through the Erasmus + programme, where experts, teachers and educational developers have worked together to create a pedagogical framework aimed at helping teachers in higher education teaching for values in design.

The main outcome of the project is an online Open Educational Resource – the VASE platform – containing a curriculum compass, 28 teaching activities, 12 assessment activities, case descriptions and additional resources to support teachers in educating students in becoming responsible designers. The materials have been iteratively developed and tested in 38 pilots involving 50 teachers and 1 563 students across four countries. 

The 28 teaching activities are developed from the Curriculum compass. The Curriculum compass is a grid organised along the axes of three core competency pillars – Ethics and Values, Designers and Stakeholders, Technology and Design – and the SOLO taxonomy levels of understanding. The content of the grid consists of learning outcomes developed from seven overarching learning objectives originating from literature studies and expert practice. The Curriculum compass provides teachers with a concrete navigation tool which helps them select and combine teaching activities that facilitate both broad and deep learning pathways. All activities contain specific learning outcomes, concrete descriptions and materials, step-by-step instructions as well as suggested assessment activities that help teachers assess whether the learning objectives have been achieved and the competencies obtained. 

The first part of the webinar will present the project, the VASE platform with its developed materials as one possible framework for how values in design could be taught. The second part of the webinar will open up for discussions on how to teach for values in design and move the field forward. The discussion will take what the VASE project “puts on the table” as a point of departure for identifying important gaps, possible ways forward and critical points to pay attention to. Results of the discussions will be captured and shared amongst the participants. The last part will consist of an external expert panel discussion on how to develop and frame teaching materials that aim at creating conditions for students to become responsible designers, along with stepping stones towards future paths of development. 

PROGRAM (Times in CEST format)
Session 1
3.30-3.40 pm: Welcome and presentation of the background, process and outcome of the project: A pedagogical framework for teaching for values in design in higher education
3.40-3.55 pm: Presentation of the pedagogical framework and the open educational resource,
3.55-4.10 pm: Q&A

Session 2
4.10-4.45 pm: Breakout room discussion (including break) on teaching for values in design – identifying potentials, critical gaps and future directions
4.45-5.00 pm: Plenum sharing of discussion points, ideas and insights across the groups

Short break

Session 3
5.05-5.40 pm: External expert panel discussion: perspectives and reflections on teaching for values in design in higher education
Marie Louise Juul, Designer, feminist, postdoctoral researcher at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) (NO)
Caroline Hummels, Professor in Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities at the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) 
David G. Hendry, Associate Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, University of Washington, co-director of the Value Sensitive Design Lab

5.40-5.55 pm: Questions from the audience

5.55-6.00 pm: Rounding off the event

Social extension
6.00-7.00 pm: Social networking and continued discussion and dialogue (bring your favourite beverage and join us)

Join the community
Sign up to the LinkedIn group “Teaching for values in design in higher education”,, and join a community of teachers that are interested in teaching their students about values in design and how to support them in becoming responsible designers.

The VASE project is developed by Malmö University (SWE), Aarhus University (DK) and Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.