Mapping Learning

Mapping Learning Oct 2013

We are pleased to invite you to “Mapping Learning,” a series of public talks, panels, and workshops that provide opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to reflect on changing contexts of learning at RISD. How do our institutional and disciplinary traditions shape particular kinds of understanding, identity, and practice? How do students’ diverse learning experiences–in the classroom, workshop, and studio–add up? How might new theories of cognition, participation, or “unlearning” spark new approaches to education? Please join with your colleagues in these collective conversations about teaching, learning, and RISD.

Coming in Spring 2014:

Tuesday, February 25
Panel: The RISD Global Classroom: Conversations Between Students and Faculty
RISD Faculty and Students
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, 7:00 pm

RISD’s mission states, in part: “The mission of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is … to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation.” Making Critical: Critical Making, the School’s five-year strategic plan, asks: “How can RISD best educate and support creative agents for a changing world?”

This panel discussion—featuring two RISD faculty members, three current students, and one alum—will explore multiple perspectives, opportunities, and challenges related to RISD’s rich global learning on campus, online, and in the world. Panelists Farah Abdelhamid (J&M ’15), Agustina Bello (Textiles ’13), Eduardo Duarte (Assistant Professor, Intar), Ryan Mather (ID ’15), Mingfei Song (Intar, ’14), and Kevin Zucker (Associate Professor, Painting) will discuss topics including global internship experiences, American academic experiences in a global context, global online education, and the impact of international education on art and design careers.

Audience discussion to follow. Open to the entire RISD community.

Organized by The Writing Center, Global Partners & Programs, and the Office of International Student Services as part of Academic Affairs’ year-long “Mapping Learning” series.

E-mail Jennifer Liese,, for more information.

Tuesday, March 11
Lecture: Education 2.0
Cathy Davidson
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, 7:00 pm

Davidson is co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC – “haystack”), a virtual network of more than 8,000 innovators worldwide inspired by the possibilities of new technologies for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create and organize our local and global communities. She is also the author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn. Dr. Davidson teaches at Duke University, where she holds the positions of John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English.

“We are pleased that diverse Mapping Learning events have provided opportunities for our community to come together to reflect critically about a RISD education,” notes interim Dean of Liberal Arts Daniel Cavicchi, who organized the series with Dean of Foundation Studies Joanne Stryker. “We are very excited that Cathy Davidson is coming to campus, especially since she will have just led an extraordinary 14,000-person MOOC experiment called The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education. Her provocative thinking – rooted in her pioneering work on the history of reading – continues to cultivate shared inquiry and debate among all of us who care about education.”

E-mail Dan Cavicchi,, for more information.



Previous Events:

Pedagogies Past/Present/Future
Sarah Ganz Blythe, Daniel Harkett and Faculty Panel
Wednesday, October 2, 2-4
One Room, RISD Museum

How do art schools of the past such as the Academy, the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College inform current teaching practices? How do educators acquire and develop their pedagogical commitments? Join participants in the “Art School Histories” seminar and a panel of RISD faculty to reflect on the origins of our teaching and learning, and to imagine future possibilities.

Tuesday, October 15
Lecture: How to Nature-Harness an Ape Brain for the Arts
Mark Changizi

Thursday, October 17
Workshop: Critique
Paula Crawford

Tuesday, November 12
Recap of AICAD 2013: New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning
Featuring RISD Faculty Attendees

Between November 7 and 9, representatives from AICAD’s membership of 43 art and design institutions will gather at Maryland Institute College of Art to discuss the conditions affecting art and design education and possible new approaches to teaching and learning in the arts. RISD faculty and staff on the AICAD program will share their insights in order to catalyze a wide-ranging discussion about RISD’s teaching and learning futures.

Wednesday, November 20
Workshop: Measuring Learning: Departmental Assessment Appropriate to Art and Design Fields
With Barbara Walvoord

Barbara Walvood is a widely published author of articles and books on assessment in higher education. In the workshop, tailored for RISD, she will facilitate discussion about how we measure art and design learning. In particular, participants will be able to construct or revise assessment plans for their departments and programs, building on the assessment they already conduct.