Frequently Asked Questions

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What kinds of projects can I post?

The Design Teaching Resource (DTR) welcomes projects covering all areas of the graphic design discipline. We encourage educators to submit assignments from any design class, covering all subject matter. The DTR currently includes a fixed list of Project Categories that are related to project outcomes and Tags which specify student levels, project topics, process etc. You can associate multiple Project Categories and Tags with your project. We hope that future iterations of the DTR will allow educators to create their own tags.

Will projects be peer-reviewed or can anyone post?

The projects posted here are not peer-reviewed. With so many diverse design programs and courses, the AIGA Design Educator Community Steering Committee (a volunteer organization) does not feel it is appropriate to vet assignments. The DEC does reserve the right to remove any content deemed offensive or inappropriate. Details are outlined in the Terms of Use.

Who “owns” the projects and images that I post?

You own the projects you post in accordance with any agreement you have with your institution regarding the publication of student work. The assignment write up and accompanying images for each case study can be edited or removed by you at any time. We recommend you credit any student work posted or other assignments that are referenced by your case study (see next question). As noted, the DEC reserves the right to remove inappropriate content and images.

What if I’m using a project that I borrowed or modified from someone else, such as a former teacher or mentor?

We are all inspired by something or someone—no project is truly original. Almost all design educators repurpose old assignments in some way or another. In fact, it can be interesting to see how older assignments are adjusted over time to address new societal issues and changes in technology. If you have a case study based on an older project feel free to give credit to the people who got you there (thank a former teacher perhaps?). You can do this in the Project Brief writeup or you can mark the case study as a Legacy project in the Project Categories.

I don’t have any “good” projects to post.

If you’re in a classroom now or have been teaching recently then you have projects to post. If it’s good enough for your students then it is good enough for the DTR! And if a student can show the results of your assignment in his or her portfolio, you ought to be able to share it on the DTR. You are welcome to share assignments that you want to revise too. Most educators update projects from year to year based on the outcomes of the previous class. Each case study includes a (required) Reflections section where you can note what changed or might change for the next time around.

I worked hard to write my projects, why should I share them with others?

Every educator works hard to develop interesting and relevant projects. Here are some reasons why you might consider posting to the Design Teaching Resource:
—Share your success stories (educators do this all the time at conferences)
—Increase the visibility for you and your program
—Potential recognition as an expert in a certain area
—Case studies posted could lead to collaborations with other educators/designers
—Richer dialogue with peers

And if you find a project on the DTR that you are interested in trying out in your own class, feel free to credit the owner of the case study (on your class assignment sheet or perhaps in a lecture). You might even compare notes at the end of the project! We don’t have project commenting available yet, but you can communicate via email with one another.

I’m so busy I just don’t have the time to post.

Yes, we’re all busy with a never-ending list of to-dos, especially during the school year. But the information required for each case study is pretty straightforward. And what better time to reflect on a project than while it’s fresh in your mind? Don’t wait, post while you have momentum and images on hand! And as noted above, there are plenty of reasons why it’s beneficial to post your projects to the DTR.

I registered on the site but my name doesn’t appear in the Educator list.

Welcome! Thanks for your interest in the DTR. Your name and bio are not visible to others until you have posted a project. So get going! We need your contributions to make the site useful for everyone. Details on posting projects are below. If you have posted a project but your name does not show up in the Educator list please email us and we will get you listed.

posting projects

Okay, I’m sold. What do I need to include when posting a project?

Most of what you need when posting a project is already on your assignment sheet. You don’t need to share accompanying lectures. There are prompts in each form field to help you with each section. Note: every field is required except for Readings + Resources.
Project Brief: We recommend you pull this from your assignment sheet.
Learning Goals: What did you expect the students to learn with this project? Use the list format in the form field!
Timeline: You can specify in weeks, days or months
Deliverables: It’s helpful to include specific file formats, dimensions, quantity, etc.
Reflections: What went right, what might you do differently next time? These can be any length you like. Any information or advice that might help other educators would be useful here. See this assignment for a project reflection example.
Project Images: At least one image is required to complete the post. Up to five images are accepted — process or final work. See the next query for image sizes and file formats.
Resources/Readings is optional. If you don’t have any Resources or Readings this section will not appear. The DTR does not accept pdf files; just book titles/chapters and/or web links.

What file formats and file sizes do you recommend for project images?

The DTR currently accepts the following project image types: jpg, jpeg, png, and gif. If you have motion work please post a video still with a web link to the full piece in the corresponding caption. At this time we cannot accept svg, mov or pdf files. Recommended image dimensions are 500x500px or larger. Maximum file size is 10MB per image.

I’ve taught at multiple institutions. Can I post projects that I’ve given while at another school?

As long as it is yours, it’s fine to post assignments from multiple institutions where you have taught. When posting, simply choose the corresponding state and Institution. The project will then be associated with you and that institution. And in your profile, multiple schools will be listed. Here’s an example of an educator who has posted projects from multiple institutions.

I don’t see my institution in the pulldown menu.

No problem. Just email us and we will add your school as quickly as possible.

Can I post a project that I co-taught?

Yes, you can post projects with multiple educators. Just make sure any educator you want to associate with the project is registered with the DTR first. Then his/her name will appear in the Collaborator list on the Post Project form.

Do you have any formatting tips when posting projects?

The forms for your Project content include styles for bold, italic, lists and numbered lists. You can also add hyperlinks. For Learning Goals and other lists, we recommend you use the Bulleted List button. The em-dashes will be built into the list like this:

Can we comment on other projects in the Design Teaching Resource?

Unfortunately we are unable to include the ability to comment on projects at this time. But every educator has contact information on his/her Profile page. Just click on the email icon to send a message.

If you have questions or suggestions for the Design Teaching Resource feel free to email us!