Call for Innovative Teaching Ideas

Submissions due: May 25

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites educators from around the globe to submit an Innovative Teaching Idea for potential inclusion in the IDEC 2020 Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection. Submissions are double-blind reviewed by a panel of distinguished interior design educators who will recommend acceptance for publication under Innovative Teaching Ideas on IDEC’s website. As such, and subject to college/university tenure and promotion guidelines, an Innovative Teaching Idea may be appropriate for inclusion in an educator’s curriculum vitae record. 

An Innovative Teaching Idea (ITI) is an Interior Design project, assignment or other planned learning activity, developed and facilitated by an Interior Design educator that advances creativity and effectiveness in teaching and learning in Interior Design. Inclusion in the IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection recognizes the author as a leader in innovative teaching. In the spirit of collaboration and advancing the education of interior design students, IDEC invites educators to share their ideas and experiences.


  • Monday, May 25: Submissions received no later than 11:59 PM CST
  • Monday, June 15: Email notice of acceptance with reviewer scores and comments
  • Monday, June 29: Author’s submit release form and address reviewer comments (if any)
  • Monday, July 27: IDEC 2020 Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection available on IDEC website


Submissions are welcome in these categories: Studio Projects, Non-Studio Projects, Exercises, Focused Topic Reading Lists or Anthologies, Field Trip Itineraries and Details (with applied learning exercises), and Other Planned Learning Activities.

To assure blind review, submissions must NOT include author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), course numbers, or any other forms of identification. Submissions that do not satisfy all requirements will be disqualified from review. All submissions must be made through the online submission form. The online submission form provides further instruction regarding submission requirements. Only submissions received through the online process will be accepted for review. 


To support broad representation among educators, a limit is imposed on the maximum number of Innovative Teaching Ideas submitted each year. Authors serving in the role of primary author are limited to two (2) submissions annually. IDEC members may submit up to two ideas without charge. Non-IDEC members may submit up to two ideas for a review fee of $20 for each idea.


Ideas are reviewed for their attendance to excellence and innovation. Reviewers will use the following criteria to assess each submission and make recommendations for acceptance.

  1. The ITI demonstrates an innovative teaching and learning method or approach
  2. The ITI is well organized, clear, and appropriate for the intended audience
  3. The ITI adds significant value to the current state of Interior Design education
  4. The ITI lends itself to easy adoption by educators from other institutions


In order to cover costs for dissemination, IDEC will make the Innovative Teaching Ideas available to members and non-members as follows:

  • Full or half-semester long studio projects: $30 non-members, $15 members
  • Shorter projects: $15 non-members, $10 members
  • Exercises or smaller-scope projects: $5 non-members, Free members



Contact the IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas Coordinator, Dr. Seyeon Lee, School of Design, Syracuse University,

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