Technical Design

Technical Design and Production Management Through a Service Learning Initiative

  • Lucy E. Dunne (University of Minnesota)
  • Sherri Gahring (University of Minnesota)


Service learning opportunities lend salience and external stakeholders to course projects. Further, they offer students an opportunity to participate in something that reaches beyond the classroom. Here, we describe a service-learning volunteer opportunity and course project conducted in collaboration with two all-girl orphanages, in India and Uganda. The collaboration stemmed from an observed opportunity to distribute the product of student projects to the under-served communities represented in the orphanages, and to provide an appropriate “consumer” target for developing student work. Structure, outcomes, and student response are outlined.

Keywords: service learning, Technical design, production management

How to Cite:

Dunne, L. E. & Gahring, S., (2013) “Technical Design and Production Management Through a Service Learning Initiative”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 70(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2013
Peer Reviewed