Credits: 3

Schedule: 30.10.2017 - 11.12.2017

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Mira Kallio-Tavin

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

II, 2018-2020

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


  • become familiar with design processes, concepts and learning objectives
  • become familiar with the design process as a learning and teaching tool
  • become familiar with a wide-ranging creative learning (phenomenal learning) and planning through Design Learning
  • make Development Plan
  • plan a learning entity, using the methods of Design Learning
  • implement the Design Learning entity at own (teaching) / (learning) community
  • analyze own skills and learning in a constructive way and develop methods of sharing the learned skills

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Design learning and its different areas, definitions, processes and methods are explored during the course. The course emphasizes applying students-oriented design learning in different situations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Reading Reflections (20%)
Discussion (20%)
Assignments (20%)
Production (40%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

24 h contact teaching, including one third of lectures and two thirds of group work
57 h independent and group work outside the class room

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Groth, Camilla (2017). Making Sense Through Hands: Design and Craft Practice Analysed as Embodied Cognition. Helsinki: Aalto University. p.1-8.
Kangas, Kaiju (2014). The Artifact Project. Promoting Design Learning in the Elementary Classroom. p. 25-33.
Mattelmäki, Tuuli (2006). Design probes. Helsinki: University of Art and Design. p.71-86.
Salovaara, Janne, J. (2013). Designing with Emotions: Empiric or Empathic. In Kirsi Niinimäki & Mira Kallio-Tavin (eds.), Dialogues for Sustainable Design and Art Pedagogy – The Ah-Design Project. Helsinki: Aalto University. p.112-119.
Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita. (2010). Searching New Values for Craft Education: Can Design Based Learning Be a Solution. p.71-89

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 




Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maximum amount of students: 20

UWAS course selection criteria: Registration order is not the primary selection criteria for this course. In order to ensure that students from different programs and schools of Aalto University may take UWAS courses, the selection is also based on the variety of students' disciplines. Master's students are also welcome.