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> List of geographically distributed design projects


The European Global Product Realisation (EGPR) course is an academic virtual enterprise, consisting of five universities from Budapest, Lausanne, Ljubljana, London, Zagreb and one industrial partner per year.

Academic instructors, university students and company specialists are all involved in EGPR over the course of one study semester. The primary goals of the enterprise are to gain professional and communication knowledge and to solve a practical problem set by the partner company.

Those involved in the EGPR course are brought together by advanced communication means, where videoconferencing is considered as the key communication tool. Students gradually gain knowledge by attending lectures, given by renowned professors and other experts and professionals. International student teams are formed, bringing together knowledge from different fields to try to solve the problems set in the assignment. The teams then present their research work during group sessions. At the end of the semester, students develop physical prototypes. Everyone involved in the EGPR course attends a closing workshop in the country of the industrial partner and host institution at the end of the semester, where all components will be assembled together and the research work publicly presented and evaluated.

POLE Project

The Project Oriented Learning Environment (POLE) is descibed as a study platform to be used by students of European universities with the goal to network ones own subject with other professions and to work together across culture and language borders. POLE offers the opportunity to deepen the knowledge of ones own subject and develop solutions for complex and interdisciplinary problems together in a team with other partners. By working in POLE one gets a better understanding of the mutual dependencies and increases the social competence of the participants. POLE uses modern communication and information technologies (ICT) as tools for efficient collaboration. for more information visit POLE's website

Virtual Design Studio

The Virtual Design Studio is which is coordinated by the department of architecture, at University of Oregon is desribed by Associate Professor Nancy Yen-Wen Cheng as teaming up students from different schools to work on the same design project. The reseach goals is to optimize the use of new media for remote design collaboration and to understand how to facilitate groups using telecommunication tools. The teaching goals for the Virtual Studio are:

  • Design: Sharing and comparing design methods Technology
  • Working together to make the tools perform Culture
  • Opening eyes to different ways of working together

for more information visit the Virtual Design Studio's website following this link –

The Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Project

At its heart, CCR believes that we need to connect students in our classes to real audiences – have them present their research, receive feedback on their writing and speeches, and learn about others through real-time video conferences and blogging.

for more information visit the he Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Project's website following this link –

Mind The Gap

An ongoing Collaboration between COFA UNSW, Australia and The Regents Business College, UK

The project was designed as cross continental, cross cultural and cross disciplinary teaching collaboration. It was considered that this could contribute to a deeper richer learning experience for both student cohorts . The result was the development of an online communication space where business students in London, UK and design students in Sydney, Australia could freely discuss topics common to both their cohorts and feed back to each other on the various issues raised via their separate projects.

Collaborators: Selena Griffith, Noemi Sadowska, Tom Morgan and Alyas Latif who have been the coordinators from the UK side. The project was run for the first time in 2008

How to inlude your project

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> Link to research in the of distributed design

Viveka Weiley from University of Technology, Sydney researching creativity support tools for distributed teams mixed real/virtual environments. Specifically, the Design of Virtual Place for Creative Collaboration. see Viveka's blog can be accessed from this link

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> Examples of Survey Forms

The Global Studio 2010: The Gift project

Mid-project survey End of the project survey