Digital Solutions for Design Education


The Design Education Special Interest Group of the Design Society are pleased to present the report on Digital Solutions for Design Education. This report is formed from the discussion of the panel session on Digital Solutions for Design Education which took place at the International Conference on Engineering Design 2023 at the Université de Bordeaux, France on Friday 28th July 2023.

The panel included representatives of technology providers supporting Industry (Ansys, Dassault Systèmes and Immersion) and academia. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the existing challenges for design education and future opportunities to improve teaching and learning.

The panel session attracted an audience of academics and students. In turn, the panel began by introducing their companies and the technology solutions they offer. They each highlighted the challenges as they understand it from a technology vendor and educational perspective. Following this, four key questions were used to support the discussion. These were:

  • How new keywords/trends (AI, Digital Twin, AR/VR, sustainability) are embedded in your organisation and in your digital solutions?
  • How far digital technology evolutions should impact teaching activities?
  • How new technologies can foster future collaborations between academics and industries in the future?
  • Is there a “dark side” of the evolutions of digital technologies in teaching/learning activities?

These questions guided the discussion however topics spanned across many questions reflecting the complex and wicked nature of technological interventions. In total the session lasted two hours. A recording of the session was transcribed, and key themes were identified.


Ross Brisco - University of Strathclyde
Hilary Grierson - University of Strathclyde

Panel Contributors

Mauricio Dwek - Ansys
Matthieu Lépine - Immersion
Alan Marion - Dassault Systèmes
Lionel Roucoules - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers and GIS S.mart


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