As academics increasingly seek to interact with external organisations, knowledge exchange becomes vital.  The first Digital Salon, 29 May 2014, explored the experiences of those who have moved from industry into academia bridging both domains through the use of knowledge exchange.

We were joined in Aberdeen by two provocateurs, Bryan McCann and Derek Jones.

Bryan McCann, Robert Gordon University

Bryan McCannBryan is a Sport and Exercise Lecturer at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Bryan has extensive experience in knowledge exchange, in his previous role as a KTP Associate with Robert Gordon University, Bryan was based at Transition Extreme Sports Ltd where he developed an innovative adrenaline sport-based education programme for disengaged young people – The Alternative Academy – which became one of leading programmes in the region. Bryan’s teaching interests at Robert Gordon University include sport and exercise psychology, health improvement and placement modules.

Derek Jones, Open University

Derek JonesDerek Jones is a Lecturer in Design with The Open University and course chair for U101: Design Thinking, the award winning entry course for the university’s Design and Innovation degree. His main research interests are: the pedagogy of design and creativity, Design Thinking and theory, and virtual design environments. Derek is a qualified Architect with over 15 years of experience in the construction and design industries. He is a specialist in project management, CG visualisation, BIM design and development, digital art and interactive media.

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The Digital Salons examined contemporary understandings of knowledge exchange. By critically reflecting on the boundaries, language and values of approaches to collaborations between academia, industry, and third sectors, the salons explored the skills required for successful collaborations.