Service-Learning and Design Education – How might we encourage applied learning for stronger community engagement?
Service-learning projects have been recognized to enhance learning outcomes for design students by promoting community engagement and professional competence. Here, we share the results from five case studies how design education utilises service-learning to enhance the learning model beyond outcomes such as reflective practice, stakeholder management, user-centered design and experiential learning.
These case studies included partners Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society, Kwong Wai Shui Hospital, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Shophouse and Co, Jalan Besar GRC, Elections Department Singapore and Children Cancer Foundation. Through these case studies, it is evident the impact that design has on the greater community and how design can move from just a conversation of aesthetics and function but into the discussion of social impact as well.