Welcome to the studio learning network

What is studio learning?

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Learn by doing

Students develop knowledge and abilities by envisioning, planning, developing, reviewing, and revising projects, and faculty facilitate students’ learning by serving as resources, guides, and critics as students move through this process.

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self-directed learning

As students develop their projects, they identify what they need to learn and, with the help of faculty mentors, seek out relevant knowledge and skills. Students are expected to spend time in the studio, working on their own, outside of scheduled class time.

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Learn through iteration

In the studio, students develop projects not simply by moving from one step to another but also by repeating some steps, rethinking and refining their work over time.

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Learn through interaction

In the studio, students work on their projects in shared space, both physical and intellectual. Studios are social learning spaces, in which students observe and discuss each other’s work as it develops.

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Learn through critique

Students also receive frequent critiques on their work, from experts and peers, and they hear and contribute to critiques of other projects. In the process, they deepen their knowledge and critical perspectives generally and gain insight into their own projects.

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Complex problems

While studio projects may address imagined or speculative situations, they engage students in developing responses to complex problems rooted in authentic contexts and encourage divergent and innovative solutions.



Although studios may focus on and serve students involved in a single discipline, such as computer science or graphic design, the nature of the projects that students undertake usually requires that they draw upon and integrate knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines.

How can you contribute?

Help us grow our community.

We’d like to collect some examples of studio learning, including a brief description of the course or situation, a few comments about why you think the case is interesting, and links to course websites or other relevant information. Please add each case as a new page, with the "Cases" page as its parent. If you’re not sure how to do that, just send your case to us, and we’ll post it for you.

Who's involved?

The Studio Learning network is always growing. Check out our bios below.

Sherry Linkon

Professor of English and Faculty Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives
Sherry’s teaching and research focus on studio learning in the humanities and inter- disciplinary analysis of cities, deindustrialization, and social class. Her most recent book is Literary Learning: Teaching in the English Major (Indiana 2011).

Maggie Debelius

Director of Faculty Initiatives at CNDLS & Professor of English
Maggie holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University and an M.A. from Georgetown. She works with departments across the university on curriculum design, writing assessment, and faculty development.

Matthew Pavesich

Associate Teaching Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Program at Georgetown University
Matthew’s research and teaching areas include rhetorical ecologies, rhetorics of public culture, composition pedagogy, and writing program administration. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago (2009).

Evan Barba

Assistant Professor, Communication Culture and Technology Program Co-Director, Technology Design Studio
Professor Barba’s research contributes to the interdiscipline of Systemic Design and Computing. His focus on multiscale design balances theory and practice in the contexts of sustainability, education, and interactive systems.

Steph Ceraso

Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Steph’s research and teaching interests include rhetoric and composition, sound studies, digital media production, and pedagogy. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (2013).

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