About the conference

DEL (Digitally Engaged Learning) is an international conference exploring and evolving digitally engaged teaching and learning in art and design Higher Education. We encourage practitioners and educators from creative disciplines to share, harness and critique digital tools and spaces. We welcome individuals and groups across all creative disciplines, working in roles including instructors, lecturers, researchers, support staff, instructional designers and technicians. There are opportunities to share and discuss emerging forms of pedagogy, digital art and design practice, and research. Participants are invited to submit to the open access, peer reviewed Spark Journal, which promotes new thinking around teaching and learning in the creative disciplines. #DEL17

DEL 17 is a partnership with The New School, University of the Arts London (UAL), Penn State University and Texas State University. The conference will be hosted at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 14-15 September 2017.

Teaching Making/Making Teaching

“With a commitment to and understanding of ‘making’, creative practice lecturers are extremely well placed to explore and then subsequently craft the learning experience for their students”

Professors Susan Orr and Julian McDougall, 2014

Themed ‘Teaching Making / Making Teaching’, this year’s conference seeks to explore digitally-engaged practices and processes of teaching, making and researching within the creative disciplines. By ‘digitally engaged’, we are referring to practices that are actively with, about or in digital tools and spaces. We take the creative disciplines to refer to a wide range of areas including (but not limited to) art, design, media, performing arts and music. We understand teaching, making and researching as uncertain ‘crafts’ that involve processes of self-discovery, experimentation, enquiry, reflexivity and development. They can be understood as ‘emergent, dynamic and serendipitous’* as much as they are carefully designed, structured and planned.

This year we have not defined conference tracks. We hope this encourages submissions that resonate with the overall conference theme, but that make sense in the context of the many disciplines and practices participants may be coming from. See the submission guidelines

*Orr, S. and McDougall, J. (2014) ‘Enquiry into learning and teaching in arts and creative practice’ in Cleaver, E., Lintern, M. and Mclinden, M. (2014) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Disciplinary Approaches to Educational Enquiry. SAGE publications.

Conference fee

Early bird (until August 1st) GBP £315
Full price GBP £415
UAL students (with proof of ID) GBP £50

Conference Chairs

Contact us

For any information regarding the 2017 conference, please contact Claudia Roeschmann roeschmann@txstate.edu