Pilots: Navigating Next Models of Design Education is a collaboration between the post-disciplinary studio El Ultimo Grito and gallery director David Falkner. Each week a different design educationist, or “Pilot”, leads two groups of participants in exploring the discipline’s potential evolution given growing interest in online leaning. The goal is to identify what questions we should be asking in the face of a movement that is having a profound effect on the way thousands of people pursue higher education.
Pilots can be seen as a response to a specific phenomenon; 2012 may well be historicised as the year of the Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC. Various flavors of online learning have been available since the inception of the Web. The transmission of information is, after all, its mandate. The MOOC, however, represents a significant development in the delivery (semi-formal) and perceived outcome (authenticated) of this approach to education, driven largely by the involvement of big-brand universities. The opportunity to study for free with, if not at, some of the world’s most renowned intuitions clearly has broad appeal.