Virtual – Online Education
Online Education

Teaching in a Time of Change
Event Date: April 21-23, 2021
Abstract Date: March 5, 2021
Professor Rashid Rana Head of Art + Design, Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan.


Recent events across the world of academia have brought into full light the various agendas around online education and research. As universities, schools and colleges closed across the world in 2020, researchers, teachers and students scrambled to adapt to a whole host of new pedagogical tools, communicative techniques, learning methods and teaching styles almost overnight. Some survived, others thrived, while some struggled and ultimately went ‘out of business’.

For some disciplines, the transition was seamless, with lectures, tests and projects administered online with little or no change at all. Other disciplines writhed at having to forego the peer-to-peer learning environment of the classroom, the dynamic interaction of the design studio, or the personal contact of the open-ended seminar discussion. Skills-based courses such as model making lost their contact with ‘materiality’ while the physicality of lab experiments on materials or prototypes was totally lost.

Despite the ‘shock of the new’ all this represented, the debates around the virtual classroom, the online studio, the remote seminar, and distance education more generally, were far from new. Universities like Purdue Global in the US and the Open University in the UK had been operating this way for years. Experiments into how to teach design online had been happening for decades across the world, the evolution of remote educational interfaces had been evolving non-stop since the 1980s.

What then, is the “new present” for education in the discipline areas of this conference, and what will tomorrow hold?


  • Art
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Urban Planning
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Urban Economics
  • History
  • Media
  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Education

Key Dates

Abstracts (Round 1)
05 Dec 2020
15 Dec 2020
Abstracts (Round 2)
05 Mar 2021
15 Mar 2021


Art+Design Teaching
Design studio initiatives | Problem based projects | Peer-to-peer learning in art and design
Theories of Learning
Pedagogical methodologies | Teaching and learning theories | Ways of learning | Educational psychology
Teaching and Research
Research that feeds into teaching learning & projects | Research and the workplace | Projects that break disciplinary boundaries
Educational Technologies
Critiques of how technology is changing teaching | Remote teaching and learning
The Education Sector
Educational and research infrastructures | Global changes to academic funding priorities and more


This conference is global in its reach. The issues it deals with cross geographical boundaries. As a virtual conference it has several presentation formats available:

Zoom: for real-time interaction between presenter and audience

Pre-recorded film: for presenters who wish their work to be permanently available

Written Papers: for delegates who seek publication

Pre-recorded film
Written Papers


The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books with the publishing houses listed above and short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.

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