i3: Inspiration-Innovation-Impact

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What is i3: Inspiration-Innovation-Impact?

Similar to previous conferences' "Putting Research into Practice," i3 is a fast-paced session designed to share high impact ideas, outreach efforts, innovative programs and strategies, and/or creative collaborations focused on education, research, mentoring, and entrepreneurship.  Get ready to be inspired by your Family and Consumer Sciences colleagues!

i3 presentations will be presented for 25 minutes at a round table, while others present at the same time. Share your research and knowledge with other attendees in a low-pressure environment, conducive to discussion!

Wednesday, June 28th, 8:30am-10:30am

Round 1: 8:35am-9:00am
Round 2: 9:05am-9:30am
Round 3: 9:35am-10:00am
Round 4: 10:05am-10:30am

Round 1: 8:35am-9:00am

Financial Fitne$$ and the FCS Body of Knowledge

Presented by Carol Anderson, CFCS, Laura Stephenson, and Melinda Anderson

The Family and Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge serves as a basis for coursework and action for financial education throughout the life course. Additionally, the BOK functions to prepare graduates for careers in both education and business. Financial Fitne$$ depends on sound resource development and sustainability knowledge and action.

Extending the Family Food $ Through Use of the Food Pantry

Presented by Jeanne Schwass-Long

Our Church Food Pantry provides supplementary food to many families in our community. Sharing the operational model of our pantry will enable others with ideas for food procurement to stretch the family food $ in their communities. Our Pantry does more than hand out food--learn the many aspects that go into running a high-functioning pantry. Some aspects include: organizational structure, volunteer support, fundraising, pantry layout, food procurement, and development of a support network to meet our clients' needs. We are able to offer several enrichment services to assist our clients as well. Join this session to learn ways to help families extend their food $.

Culinary Wellness Evolution

Presented by Jeannie Frazier and Gina Mabrey

Fast-paced discussion of how a wellness presentation evolved into a culinary wellness event that includes up-to-the-minute information about a variety of dietary needs and a meal tailored to that need with full dine-in and take-out service available. A discussion of the event's origin and history along with details of necessary steps and collaboration between two university departments to execute the event will be discussed. Marketing, meal prep, dining service, and food safety/sanitation efforts will be reviewed. Photos and documentation of past events will be provided as examples. Attendees will actively engage in planning a culinary wellness menu.

Discussion and Analysis of Design Collaboration Across Physical and Cultural Borders With Global Impact

Presented by Sheri Dragoo

Sustainable, mission-based businesses are being developed by small business owners around the globe. This session presents two case studies in which university students designed apparel and accessory product lines for small companies seeking to make an impact through empowering women facing social challenges. Creative collaboration projects began with start-up companies--one based in Nepal--focused on hand-woven textile translation into marketable accessory products, and the second, for an upstart children's wear company seeking to establish an apparel production assembly line to create employment for a group of refugees that had been relocated to the United States. Benefits, challenges and business potential will be discussed.

Effective Strategies for Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Core Courses at the College Level

Presented by Lisa Brooks

This session will provide effective strategies for engaging college students in family and consumer sciences core course content, e.g., the mission of FCS, the history, FCS advocacy opportunities, FCS leadership opportunities, and mentoring opportunities. Having successfully taught the FCS core courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for nearly a decade, I am able to share innovative resources that have increased learner engagement. Examples of resources that will be shared include college-level course syllabi on the FCS core; examples of assignments that allow students to apply the integrative nature of FCS to their professional careers; examples of AAFCS webinars used in the college classroom; and links to free FCS educational resources.

Breaking Gender Barriers: Building Negotiation Skills for Women

Presented by Lisa LeBleu and Teresa Collard

Negotiation has typically been viewed by society as a masculine skill. However, women need to develop and hone their negotiation skills in order to ensure that they have equitable standing in financial and professional endeavors. This interactive session will address the most important negotiation skills: establishing connection, listening, and use of verbal and nonverbal skills. Developing confidence and preparing women to be strong and successful in negotiations is the primary focus of this session.

Envisioning a Better Future for Working Families: Strategies for Assisting Families to Move Out of Poverty Using the North Carolina Self-Sufficiency Standard

Presented by Bernice Dodor, with research by Cheryl Johnson

Families' quality of life, self-sufficiency, financial capabilities, and the effects of resource generation and allocation on family relationships and well-being at different stages of family life are important concepts in family and consumer sciences (FCS). FCS professionals need current research-based information to help families improve their well-being. This session will provide research based information from the United Way of North Carolina Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS) Data. While the Federal Poverty Measure only reflects the cost of food, the self- sufficiency standard accounts for housing, child care, food, transportation, healthcare, miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, phone, and household items, and taxes and tax credits to measure income adequacy. This standard calculates how much income families of different sizes and compositions by geographic location need in order to make ends meet without private or public assistance. Case study profiles developed from the SSS data and strategies to help families move out of poverty to self-sufficiency will be shared. FCS professionals can use the data in variety of ways, including creating programs and implementing strategies that would help working families move out of poverty and become financially self-sufficient.

Total Fertility Rate & cognitive dissonance : The gender division of labor between family life and market activity in East Asian and Western Industrial Countries.

Presented by Cheng Huei Hong and Neil Gilbert

This study analyzes the extent to which cognitive dissonance  reflected in the attitudes toward the gender division of labor between family life and market activity in East Asian and Western industrial countries might shed some light on the apparent discrepancy between the relatively low fertility rates and the strong cultural emphasis on family in East Asian societies. Sixteen countries were selected for this study from four welfare state regimes: Anglo America, East Asian, Scandinavia Europe and West Europe. Data were drawn from the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) in 2012 Family and Changing Gender Roles IV. The comparative findings show that overall the cognitive dissonance of gender role attitude in the division of labor between family life and market activity were significantly different among the countries with respondents from East Asian countries expressing a relatively high degree of cognitive dissonance between tradition and modern attitudes. North Europe countries expressed the least cognitive dissonance in this regard. In regard to fertility rates, the findings indicate that cognitive dissonance between family life and market activity was more significantly correlated with Total Fertility Rate than only considering family life or market activity in the division of labor. We discuss the implications of the high degree of dissonance about gender roles in East Asian societies and the correlation of cognitive dissonance and Total Fertility Rate.

Acknowledgements: This research is supported by the “Academic Exchange and Cooperation Project” between the Top University Strategic Alliance (Taiwan, R.O.C.) and the University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.).

Developing Authentic Student-Led Research Projects from Start to Publication in 15 Weeks

Presented by Holly Kihm and Peggy Rolling

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to help students develop, implement, write, and submit research projects within a one-semester time frame. Oftentimes faculty get bogged down in the minutiae of student research and valuable data stays in a computer or is lost all together. Supporting students through the research process, and into publication is a very doable, and wonderful accomplishment both for the student and the faculty mentor!

The Newborn Observation System (NBO) : A Tool to Enhance Mother-Infant Relationships in Poverty-Stricken Families

Presented by Julie Caissie

A strong and healthy relationship between an infant and a mother early in life is essential for a child's healthy development. However, research shows that in some cases, single-parent mothers living in poverty may experience greater difficulty in understanding their children's behaviors and overall development. These families are impacted by financial constraints leading to financial stress, anxiety and health problems. This situation raises concerns with respect to their ability to provide suitable living conditions to promote both the well-being and overall development of their children. In New Brunswick, many single-parent mothers living in small, poverty-stricken communities have access to fewer resources and, therefore, struggle to meet the needs of their children. Knowing that financial stress is a main concern for single-parent mothers and that it affects their quality of life, what can be done to empower them to overcome daily family challenges and, most importantly, meet the needs of their children ensuring their well-being? The Newborn Behavioral Observational System (NBO) can be used to provide single-parent mothers living in poverty with knowledge and resources needed to meet their infant's needs and help them better understand their children's personality and overall development. Learn more about the NBO and how it can help single mothers parent!

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Round 2: 9:05am-9:30am

A Curated Collection of Financial Education Resources

Presented by Barbara O'Neill, CFCS, CPFFE

The presenter recently completed a search, review, and curation of financial education resources as a sabbatical project. She viewed about 2,000 videos, took dozens of financial quizzes, reviewed hundreds of lesson plans and dozens of infographics, and tested hundreds of financial calculators. About two weeks into this work, she realized that it could also benefit others! Three curated resource lists with over 1,000 resources were compiled: 1. a list of videos, 2. a list of quizzes, calculators, lesson plans, and infographics, and 3. a list of Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) resources. The presenter's content curation process, samples of financial education resources, and links to the resource lists will be shared with participants.

Innovative Strategies in Higher Education: Let the Students Take Center Stage!

Presented by Jeanne Godin and Nathalie Poirier

Finding new and innovative ways to teach personal finances at the university level requires time, creativity and energy. But what if students were responsible for finding refreshing ways to teach personal finances? In this presentation, you will learn how through project-based learning, students created learning activities to teach financial literacy skills to children and parents. Come and learn not only from the professor who instigated this project but also from the students who were participants in that class!

Striving for Excellence in Teaching Textiles with Google Classroom and Student Choice

Presented by April McPhillips

Learn how I integrate student choice and create student experts in my creative sewing class! Students know each day what they are responsible for completing and are able to see classroom experts when I am not available. There are numerous ways you can adapt this for your own courses and it fits right in with many teacher evaluation models as well!

Service-Learning for Community Wellness

Presented by Nicole Graves

Learn about service-learning projects that focused on community wellness, completed by Human Development and Family Studies students, Ag Education majors, and Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors. HDFS majors identified needs in the community, identified community partners, and designed and implemented programming to address community needs. Ag Ed and FCS student teachers involved their middle/high school students in service-learning projects aimed at making a positive difference in local communities.

Turning Waste Milk into Nutritious Yogurt for Underserved Communities

Presented by Tahl Zimmerman, Rabin Gyawali, and Salam Ibrahim

About 40% of all food is thrown away in the United States. Milk is thrown away in large volumes when the sell by date is reached or after being served in a school lunch program. Milk can be consumed well past the expiry date and school cafeterias often discard untouched milk. Instead of being wasted, milk could be collected from local supermarkets and schools and easily be cultured into yogurt, extending the life of the milk, and turning it into an easily stored nutritious food product. The yogurt could then be distributed in local underserved communities that often lack access to freshly made dairy products, thus improving the nutrition and health of community members. Food waste and food insecurity are thus reduced.

FAFCS Without Borders - Florida Takes FCSfit Offshore to an Bahama Orphanage

Presented by Enid Lapham and Sharon Pate

About 40% of all food is thrown away in the United States. Milk is thrown away in large volumes when the sell-by date is reached or after being served in a school lunch program. Milk can be consumed well past the expiry date and school cafeterias often discard untouched milk. Instead of being wasted, milk could be collected from local supermarkets and schools and easily be cultured into yogurt, extending the life of the milk and turning it into an easily stored nutritious food product. The yogurt could then be distributed in local underserved communities that often lack access to freshly made dairy products, thus improving the nutrition and health of community members. Food waste and food insecurity are thus reduced.

Seed Life Skills: Curriculum and Resources for Middle Level FCS Educators

Presented by Almeta Tulloss

Seed Life Skills is a non-profit based in Athens, GA working to create contemporary, community-based curriculum while creating advocacy and education opportunities locally and nationally. We seek to provide a philanthropic opportunity for communities and foundations to invest directly into teachers and thereby students and classrooms. Locally we provide STEM food education supplies, professional development, and hands-on support for educators. Our digital curriculum, which can be utilized anywhere, is a set of FCS Merit Badges that are earned through completion of a variety of activities in or outside the classroom. Our session will review the framework of content our non-profit offers, including Teacher Toolkits, Educational Videos on YouTube, a classroom Workbook, and our set of 20 FCS Merit Badges.

The Influence of Weekly Mindfulness Activities for Children on the Pre- and Post-Test Scores of Children and Adolescents' Mindfulness Measures

Presented by Peggy Rolling and Holly Kihm

The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of Mindfulness Activities for Children (MAC) on children's level of mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying close attention to the present moment, being alert, focused and free from distractions. Numerous benefits have been attributed to mindfulness. At this session, you'll learn the results of the study and how you can help your students practice mindfulness!

3-D Modeling for the Marketplace: Students Use CAD and 3-D Printing to Ideate and Create Aesthetically Pleasing and Functional Home Accent Products

Presented by Lynn Brandon, with research by Kyndra Outlaw and Jennifer Ismael

Home furnishings merchandising majors at a Texas university experienced the design process from ideation to actual creation of fashionable and functional home accent products for the marketplace. They researched and applied knowledge of brand investigation, trend analysis, conceptualization, design development, finish/material exploration, reviews and revisions, final construction, and product story. Students manipulated CAD software and rapid prototyping to create 3-D-printed product models. They made modifications between design aesthetics and construction feasibility in a simulated product design/development environment—one which continuously occurs as these home decor items are created in the industry for consumers. The products were photographed and a variety of finishes applied to simulate samples used in the industry to make final product assortment decisions.

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Round 3: 9:35am-10:00am

Teaching FCS Students Family Financial Fitness Skills for Low-Income Households

Presented by Lisa Moyer, Frederick Helyne, and Janine Scott

Family finance and resource management is an important part of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) curriculum. Students learn about budgeting, time management, tax planning, housing, financing a home, relationship skills, estate planning, writing a will, and public policy. All of the topics are useful and relevant to students' personal and professional lives, regardless of their socioeconomic status. However, the course materials for family resource management are typically geared towards middle-to-upper class families. This is unfortunate, since most FCS undergraduates will move into social service provider careers where they will be assisting and supporting disadvantaged families, including those living in poverty. This round table presentation will discuss ways that educators can provide applications of family resource management concepts to low-income or otherwise disadvantaged clientele. We will share strategies, assignments, and activities that have been used in college classrooms to teach students about resources for disadvantaged families. These strategies include case studies, simulations, games, group assignments, and other experiential activities that use technology and other resources and can be adopted for one's own classroom.

From Gloom to Bloom: How to Cope When the Family and Consumer Science Program Faces the Danger of Being Eliminated

Presented by Jeanne Godin and Julie Caissie

In June 2016, the administration of a small Canadian university proposed to close FCS programs. Although the battle is not over, this session will describe how the professors from the department dealt with this crisis, how the community and association got involved to build up hope and finally how this turn of events lead two professors and five students to raise enough funds in three months to attend an AAFCS conference in Dallas!

SEW ON: Fostering Meaningful Connections through 4-H Sewing Projects

Presented by Joice M. Jeffries, John Ferguson, Shannon Johnson-Lackey, and Joshua Williams

Neuroscientists' research indicates that sewing has a positive impact on mind health and well-being. More than 3, 057 Texas 4-H youth have expressed an interest in sewing. Sewing teaches students about sustainability, entrepreneurship, career awareness, and green jobs. It also improves math skills and enhances life and fine motor skills. Sewing is used to engage volunteers and youth in 4-H clubs. Learn more about sewing's benefits at this session!

#SERVE2LEARN - Inspire Deeper Learning Through Community Engagement Teaching
Presented by Renda Songer

Community engagement teaching, also known as service-learning, is a methodology that combines learning goals with community service in a way that can enhance student growth, knowledge, and confidence, and promote common good within the community. Explore award winning #serve2learn projects and examine how they helped give even the most challenging students opportunities for success. Learn how to gain support of administration to implement #serve2learn opportunities for your students. Listen as we share success AND failures and how to earn recognition for your student's efforts.

Jr. Chef Challenge - Foods, Nutrition and Gardens

Presented by Stephanie Knight

Jr. Chef Challenge is a celebration of learning and an original cooking competition for middle school students who create and prepare a nutrient-rich recipe featuring a locally grown vegetable. Students are responsible for researching the vegetable, recipe and directions, food facts label and cost. Students prepare and present the dish to a panel of judges who score the creative use of a local ingredient in a nutrient-rich recipe; flavor; and presentation. Winners are presented awards by the school food service director in the cafeteria. The Jr. Chef Challenge integrates family & consumer sciences, health education, school food service and farm to school programs in a meaningful learning experience for students.

The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences -- A Life Preserver for FCS Teachers and Trainers
Presented by Cari Collins

The Curriculum Specialist from The Curriculum Center for FCS will present segments of the multifaceted curriculum and provide attendees with a look into what the Center has to offer. The session will include an in-depth view of a specific instructional teaching strategy, which includes supporting resources, such as PowerPoint presentations, reproducible teaching aids, and websites. Stop by and find out more about how the Curriculum Center for FCS can be your life preserver!

Women's Leadership Initiative: Mentoring for a Cultural Change School of Human Ecology Tennessee Technological University

Presented by Melinda Swafford, Lee Ann Shipley, Rufaro Chitiyo, Melinda Anderson, and Lizbeth Self Mullens

The need to understand factors that contribute to a cultural change regarding perspectives on women's leadership in Southern rural communities is crucial. Despite the increase in educational opportunities, societal expectations, gender roles, and self-esteem contribute to biases against women in leadership roles. Developing and implementing a Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) within the School of College of Agriculture and Human Ecology of Tennessee Technological University demonstrated how principles and practices of leadership were adapted to enhance increasing the diverse population of women in leadership roles of women. Mentoring female students in the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology for current and future leadership roles will increase the supply of prepared leaders for public and private business, industry, government, and other community organizations in the region. This session will discuss how the WLI was developed and the impact this program had on young women in the School of Human Ecology at Tennessee Technological University.

Challenges of the Demands and Expectations of Today's and Tomorrow's Workforce

Presented by Candy Sebert

The U.S. Workforce looks significantly different than it did a decade ago. Companies are struggling to engage the 21st century workforce. Workers today want something different that yesterday's workers. The want meaningful work, and they expect their employer to make work more rewarding in many ways. Employee engagement is an issue for all age groups. Employers are seeking new alternatives to allow employees to have greater flexibility with work/life balance. Employees are feeling overwhelmed and employee turnover is high. Learn more about the demands of today's workforce at this session!

Perceptions of Integration within the FCS Discipline: Past, Present, and Future Implications

Presented by Amy Harden and Alice Spangler

Impact of perceptions of integration within the FCS discipline among FCS academic professionals and practitioners will be explored. In the 1980s, FCS was described as being at a crossroads for growth and development, but with confusion over the current and future direction of the profession. A decade later, it was stated the profession appeared to be struggling despite name changes for academic programs and efforts to elevate accreditation, all with a persistent attention to improving its image. More recently, Pendergast (2006) suggested the field was at a "convergent moment" where social factors were aligning, providing an opportunity to re-vision the profession. Today there continues to be extensive discussion over the current and future direction of the profession.

Observation, Reflection, and Synthesis: A Reflective Practice Approach to Family and Consumer Sciences Course Pedagogy

Presented by Barbara Stewart

This case study shows application of a reflective practice approach to the instruction of a visual merchandising online course within a retailing and consumer science undergraduate program. It demonstrates the positive aspects of an observation-reflection-synthesis process in facilitating student learning of practical and theoretical concepts. The experience illustrates a method for involving students in a learning process for subject matter considered difficult to transition from face-to-face to online formats because of its dependence on sensory experiences. The prototype course case is based upon a ten-year documented cycle of design-test-redesign. The results include both positive evaluations of student learning opportunities and elucidation of curricular processes.

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Round 4: 10:05am-10:30am

Financial Planning Considerations in Your 20s And 30s!

Presented by Jeffrey Melick

This session will discuss key considerations for early career professionals in their 20s and 30s, including meeting education expenses, starting off on the right financial foot, beginning a family and many more topics.

Wearable Technology: Sparking the Fashion Design and Merchandising Curriculum Through the Use of Microcontrollers

Presented by Katrina Blatnick-Gagne

Wearable tech isn't something you just see in the movies! As an educator you have the opportunity to provide smart/e-textile learning experiences to students making connections to STEM, computer science and the arts. Dr. Katy Blatnick-Gagne recently completed her doctoral dissertation on incorporating the use of LilyPad Arduinos into the Colorado Fashion Design and Merchandising Curriculum. She will share more about the trends in this area, along with the current research on incorporating smart/e-textiles into fashion design courses.

Community Partners: Context and Inspiration for Program Development

Presented by Deborah Handy

Partnering with community professionals lends a sense of reality and inspiration for learning about program planning and evaluation. Community partners enhance students' abilities to synthesize what they have learned into a program plan that reflects the needs of a community and potential clients. Partnering with community members has helped students more clearly identify career goals and begin to understand how their work might influence individuals and families. Identifying community partners and making sure their time is used well is highly important. Students 'connections with their fields of interest provide inspiration.

Freezer Meal Workshops

Presented by Janet Holden

This session will share resources (shopping lists, recipe books, nutrition facts, pros/cons, tips for hosting) for holding a Freezer Meal Workshop. One class method shares how to host a session where people attend and leave with a cooler full of meals, and the other method shares tips on how to organize a monthly pre-order and delivery of freezer meals. We will also discuss partnerships and ideas for collaborations within community groups.

From Culture to Clothing in Ecuador: The Economic Impact of the Textile and Apparel Industry

Presented by Sally Fortenberry and Shweta Reddy

The global textile and apparel industry provides a wealth of opportunity for both students and faculty to study the interrelationship of a country's culture and their economy. The textile and apparel industry is evident in many levels of development in more than 200 countries around the world. However, studying the Ecuadorian textile and apparel industry allows for observation of the entire development cycle of garments from concept to consumer, from the raw fiber to the final product. This includes yarn-spinning, weaving, dyeing, and printing in both native traditional settings as well as modern factory environments. This session will include discussion of the Ecuadorian textile and apparel industries, both the traditional handmade methods and the high-tech industrial methods, as acquired from a faculty study tour to the country. Examples of each of these stages will be shown to the participants along with information about how to develop a similar study program for students and faculty in the fields of fashion, design, merchandising, textiles, entrepreneurship, business and other related fields of study.

Striving For Excellence in Teaching Through Student Choice Projects and Visible Learning

Presented by Dawn Oler

At this session, learn how to integrate student choice and make modifications for a diverse student body in an independent living class, with a menu of options for each objective! Students engage in visible learning, charting their own comprehension along the way. There are numerous ways you can adapt this for your own courses and it fits right in with many teacher evaluation models as well!

Impacting the Status of Women: A Focus for the Family & Consumer Sciences Commitment to Financial Fitness

Presented by Janine Duncan

This session introduces the determinants used to examine the status of women at state, national, and global levels, and how they are reflected through Family & Consumer Sciences foundational perspectives. Explicit integration of these determinants into FCS professional practice will strategically position FCS for asserting the strong impact the field makes in the lives of women, and consequently, their children and families.

Intimate Partner Violence: Impacts of Workplace Costs and Financial Abuse

Presented by Kathleen O'Rourke

As defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term "intimate partner violence' describes physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner." IPV affects individuals in the workplace by hindering performance, attendance, and career advancement. A quarter of employed women report that IPV has affected their work performance at some point in their lives. Too often, employers and colleagues are deficient in capacity and capability for the handling of IPV cases, resulting in added financial costs for the victim and the employer. The workplace has the potential to serve as a safe haven from IPV, offering safety, support and resources. At this session, learn about the different aspects of IPV and how we can work to combat it.

Retired Older Adults' Financial Resources and Life Satisfaction

Presented by Hyunsook Kang

Due to increased life expectancy, older adults are more likely to have a long period of life time in retirement. The majority of older adults are likely to be retired at the age of sixty five years old with diversity in individual resources (e.g., income, health, and family context). Given the growing life expectancy and the increasing numbers of the baby boomer (people born between 1946 and 1964) generation approaching retirement, it is necessary to study what influence it has and how to adjust to the retirement stage in later life. It is understandable that older adults who have higher income may have more successful and healthier aging processes. It has important benefits, such reducing the effects of stressful life events. Less is known about how much older adults' financial resource affect their life satisfaction after retirement. Come to this session to learn more!

Design Psychology for an Interdisciplinary Audience

Presented by Julie Temple

This presentation addresses a departmental "design core" course, Design Psychology, with special emphasis on the challenges of teaching this subject to an interdisciplinary audience. Major psychological theories include sensory perception, the environment-behavior link, and consumer behavior. Topics within these theories include human needs, personal space, social design, perceptual theories, motivation and values, group influence, creativity, and design thinking. Environment-behavior (environmental psychology) is the foundation for many design decisions in interior design and the application is clear; consumer behavior is fundamental to merchandising and management; perception of color, movement, and form are vital to fashion design. The challenge is developing these topics with relevancy so that students can see the interconnections, apply them to their work, and understand more about themselves as designers. Lecture topics, examples of student assignments, student feedback, and instructor reflection are included. The session will conclude with a dialogue about the lack of a universally accepted definition of design psychology, and how the author considers it to be more than just a focus on environmental psychology.

Universal Design: Does my Home Measure Up?

Presented by Jacqueline Holland

Universal Design (UD) is a concept that supports a barrier-free design to make the home accessible and safe for every person regardless of physical ability or age. Everyone benefits from UD. This session will examine a project in which students conducted a personal in-home assessment to evaluate to what extent UD is observed. Outcomes and implications will be discussed.

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