Design Thinking in Practice: A Dialogue About Teams, Tools, Data and Iteration

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

Attendee stories will take center stage anchored by four questions spotlighting how teams, tools, data, and iteration strengthen course design in daily practice. Hosted by design thinking veterans, this conversation is structured to emphasize meaningful contributions and practical takeaways.




David Lindrum is the founder of Soomo Learning, home to a merry band of innovative curriculum developers who collaborate with college educators to improve course outcomes. David has worked with instructional designers and faculty at hundreds of schools to develop and evaluate countless pedagogical strategies. Today he designs courses, mentors course designers, and asks everyone who will listen, “how will this help students and how will you know?” David is always open for recommendations on a good place to find breakfast.
Kayla Jutzi is the Lead Instructional Designer for Columbia College Chicago Online. She transitioned from a student support role at The George Washington University in DC to Instructional Design in 2016. She holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from GW. Kayla went to The University of West Florida for her undergraduate work. She is an active member of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, loves to dance, workout, and spend time with her husband and dog, Daisy.
Lauren has 10+ years experience in higher education as faculty, curriculum developer, subject matter expert, and administrator. During her five-year tenure at Strayer University, Lauren has served as faculty, campus dean, dean of faculty, learning mastery team member, and associate director of programs and products for IT, PAD, and criminal justice. She now serves as the university's dean of programs and products for general education. Lauren completed her PhD in English at the George Washington University (GW) in 2011. She expects to complete her next degree at GW — Master of Arts degree in Education with a focus on Education Technology Leadership – in the spring of 2019.

Extended Abstract

If you design courses, you may find this Conversation (Not Presentation) helpful as participants explore the process behind creating some of their most successful courses. 

This discussion is framed by veteran course designers briefly sharing insights gained from rolling out some of their most effective courses. Including: 

- Kayla Jutzi of Columbia College Chicago Online, on Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
- Lauren Philip of Strayer University, on Research and Writing
- David Lindrum of Soomo Learning, on US History II
Each of these courses had unique challenges which required different mixes of skills and tools to succeed. Seeing these differences helps us avoid thinking of course design as a cookie-cutter process. 

Yet there are some common patterns apparent across these courses which constitute a few of the best practices in modern course design including: 

  • Teams - collaboration between multiple specialists to create and effective course. 
  • Tools - combination of multiple technologies to support the pedagogical strategies chosen
  • Data - collection and use of data to define problems, find pointers toward solutions, and measure the impact of changes.
  • Iteration - after major overhauls, using minor revisions to tune the course and increase measures of success 

Audience Engagement
This 45 minute session will be a structured conversation inviting all participants to share their own experience with these four elements. Notes will be collected to a Google Doc in real time and available to all participants.