Cooperative Design and Communities of Practice

  • Chris Johnson
  • Karen Bull
  • Jane Osmond
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8091)


The focus of teaching and learning within Coventry University’s Automotive and Industrial Design course is to equip students with a passport to enter their professional community of practice [1] [2].

One of the core competencies contained within this passport is co-operative working and teamwork - seen as a fundamental aspect of the creative design process, from concept to production - and this is seen as a threshold concept within the course.

Therefore, to provide designers for industry it is imperative the discipline of co-operative working is part of the learning process as designers will be expected to interact with a wide range of disciplines ‘such as engineering, business, sociology, and psychology, among others’. [3]. And, in today’s global world, designers will often be expected to do so across geographical boundaries.

This paper presents four case studies, underpinned by feedback and work outputs designed to foster co-operative learning, from each year of the automotive and industrial design course.


Teamwork Cooperation Design Reflection Community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Johnson
    • 1
  • Karen Bull
    • 1
  • Jane Osmond
    • 1
  1. 1.Coventry UniversityUK

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