A nexus between teaching and research has long been an aim of universities. This goal has been elusive, and the full potential of such connections has yet to be realized. Opportunities exist to exploit synergies between teaching and research. Melding these activities and subsequently progressing outcomes to a point where research and effective teaching methodologies align is challenging. Examples of successful teaching which harness research outcomes are scarce. This paper describes industry funded research into human factors associated with collaborative design activities. Our findings have implications for the teaching of design and we have implemented these in selected courses in our School. In addition, we have developed digital materials (incorporating our research-led teaching and learning strategies) to deliver the research outcomes as professional development modules to practitioners. This paper reports on the process and the outcomes of put initial research as well as the dissemination strands.
IASDR’07: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007. IASDR'07: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007. Proceedings (Hong Kong 12-15 November ,2007) p. 1-18