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ALLISON EDWARDS

Assistant Lecturer

Alli Edwards spends her days designing, facilitating, workshopping, and playing. Alli has a masters degree in interdisciplinary design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia; and a BFA in visual communication from Northern Arizona University.

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Allison Edwards, Assistant Lecturer

Allison Edwards, Assistant Lecturer
Designing activities to engage research participants
2016

Part of a series of 6 workshops in partnership with the ILETC ARC linkage project, teachers from throughout Southeastern Australia used carefully crafted visualisation techniques to help them discuss their experiences with innovative learning environments. It provided the research team with quantitative data about teacher’s attitudes towards certain elements, and tangible, qualitative information about how elements are used differently in different contexts.

Allison Edwards, Assistant Lecturer
Facilitating shared stories and knowledge creation
2016

Fully embracing the “human centred” part of this design research approach, teachers from Christchurch, NZ were taken through a workshop that helped them use several design tools to explore what deep thinking looks like in their learning spaces. They then played their way through the workshop tasks that explored the research question while sharing stories and learning from each other’s experiences.

Allison Edwards, Assistant Lecturer
Workshopping strategic visions
2016

To help a diverse group of stakeholders create a shared vision for the future Pride Centre in Melbourne, Australia, MADA’s XYX Lab merged play-based activities with more traditional design thinking methodologies to create a workshop experience that went beyond planning; setting a creative, collaborative, and joyful tone for the future development.

Allison Edwards, Assistant Lecturer
Playing for purpose in Design Classrooms
2015

Research into classroom dynamics reveals the class that plays together, gets “A”s together. More importantly, these classroom activities encourage exploration and openness to mistakes, personal reflection, and other 21st Century skills that are often underemphasised in design studio classes. Creativity assessments, evaluative surveys, and feedback from students reveal the positive impacts on creativity and wellbeing – and the creation and testing of these playful interludes are a major ongoing element of Alli’s pedagogical research and practice.

MADA’s teaching & research staff are creative professionals, leading practitioners and renowned researchers who are at the top of their game, nationally and internationally.

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