DEFSA 2023 Workshops

Session 1 DEFSA Writing Workshop

This workshop session was geared towards young design academics who are compiling academic research papers, and is helpful to all educators finalising their papers for the DEFSA 2023 Conference in September 2023. It covered: • Structure of an academic paper • Building an argument • Academic paper writing do's and don'ts • Referencing • Checklist before submitting

Presenters: Dr Sue Giloi - Inscape Education Group (South Africa) Dr Yolandi Burger - Loughborough University (United Kingdom) Dr Ria van Zyl - Vega School (South Africa)

Session 2 DEFSA Research Ethics Workshop

The workshop aims to provide guidance on research ethics reporting in papers for the 2023 DEFSA proceedings. Papers may be rejected if they do not meet ethics standards for the collection of data from humans or animals.

•    Research ethics and statutory requirements • The DoH 2015 Ethics in Health Research Guidelines • University’s research ethics committees • Data collection •  Ethics clearance certificate.•   Open Science Platform • Anonymity •   Conflict of interest and an ethics declaration.• AI, text originality, use of imagery, and plagiarism  •    Predatory and hijacked journals.

The workshop was presented by Prof Rudi de Lange, TUT emeritus professor and an NRF C3-Rated researcher.

DEFSA conferences

DEFSA promotes relevant research with the focus on design + education through its biennial conferences, to promote professionalism, accountability and ethics in the education of young designers. Our next conference is a hybrid event. See above for details.

Critical skills endorsement

Professional Members in good standing can receive a certificate of membership, but DEFSA cannot provide confirmation or endorsement of skills whatsoever. DEFSA only confirm membership of DEFSA which is a NPO for Design Education in South Africa (