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Design to improve patients' sleep experience in NHS hospital wards: involving students in solving 'real world' problems

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posted on 18.12.2020, 13:55 by Emilene Zitkus-De-AndradeEmilene Zitkus-De-Andrade, Emma Harris, Gary Miles, Felicity Astin
This article presents a collaborative educational initiative designed to enhance the learning experience for undergraduate product design students and boost their employability through an introduction to ‘real-world’ design challenges in healthcare settings. The initiative centred upon enhancing the learning experience for a cohort of 38 product design undergraduate students across a 3-year programme through interdisciplinary research-informed teaching. We started with a student project in year one designed to help learners to understand the complexities and opportunities when designing for healthcare environment, as well as the importance of understanding stakeholders' needs (public involvement). This paper addresses the three steps taken to involve them in the project: (1) the research used to guide the selection of the problem; (2) the approaches we used to engage the students with an unfamiliar scenario, and(3) the involvement of students and stakeholders. The results of the student projects are discussed with some reflection on ways to improve teaching. In this way our ideas contribute to new and innovative approaches to learning and teaching in design through cross-disciplinary collaborations with healthcare researchers, academics, practitioners and patients. These approaches can help to overcome common challenges that might hinder design educators in proposing human-centred healthcare projects to students.

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Design for Health

Volume

4

Issue

3

Pages

345 - 364

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design for Health on 7 Dec 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/24735132.2020.1848977.

Acceptance date

22/10/2020

Publication date

2020-12-07

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2473-5132

eISSN

2473-5140

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Emilene Zitkus De Andrade. Deposit date: 18 December 2020