TRANSDISCIPLINARY BEHAVIOUR CHANGE: A BURST MODE APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE DESIGN EDUCATION
Editor: Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon
Author: Wojdecka, Anna (1); Hall, Ashley (1); Judah, Gaby (2)
Institution: 1: Royal College of Art, United Kingdom; 2: Imperial College London
Section: Educating Designers and Engineers for a Sustainable Future in Design and Engineering Education
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2021.62
With the future of health(care) shifting from treatment to prevention, design for behaviour change is an essential part of this movement. Although we have made significant breakthroughs in behavioural science and design for shaping behaviours there are still some significant gaps and opportunities unexplored. Developing new transdisciplinary approaches to the education of designers for behaviour change becomes of increased importance. New practice-based models are required to facilitate the connection between the understanding of behavioural theories and applying these to healthcare contexts. This paper illustrates a unique blended teaching model which fuses teams of mixed healthcare, design and other diverse backgrounds and the use of digital technologies to pre-empt unwanted behaviour and assist behaviour change. The course module combines asynchronous learning for behaviour change diagnosis with synchronous collaborative concept development and rapid-prototyping. Digital platforms are used to facilitate remote global teamworking alongside individual physical hands-on prototyping using sensors and electronics.