Getting Us All to the Water: Cultivating a Design Thinking Culture

Concurrent Session 4

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Brief Abstract

In recent years the term design thinking has appeared often, being called the path to better solution for many of our educational problems. This session explores questions to generate potential ways to build human centered, design thinking mindsets in those at your institution responsible for creating and implementing learning experiences

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Currently work as an instructional designer working with faculty to develop online, blended, and technology enhanced courses.

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Extended Abstract

Past practices pushed our college leaders to simply find a solution to an issue without asking the customer the essential questions or observing practices through a lens of empathy and understanding. While these solutions were implemented to fill the immediate need, often they are not sustainable; they are far from the ideal put forth in the beginning or left behind on the draft board due to constraints (i.e. time, money, fear of change, culture). Design thinking challenges that mindset.

In recent years the term design thinking has appeared often, being called the path to better solution for many of our educational problems.Though, how would you go about using this in your environment? How do you get your colleagues, supervisors, or campus to buy into the process?  This session explores questions to generate potential ways to build human centered, design thinking mindsets in those at your institution responsible for creating and implementing learning experiences.

Participants will engage in dialogue that will address the essential questions listed below:

  • Why Design Thinking?

  • Why human-centered?

  • What are the aspects of HCDT?  

  • What is the process of cultivating a HCDT mindset?  

  • Where does storytelling fit?

  • How to start and approach this in an institution?

  • How do we make this actionable?

  • Who is effectively cultivating a HCDT mindset?

Additionally, Participants will learn about the cyclical implementation process required in order to take on an  HCDT mindset..

General Outline for presentation and discussion

  1. Welcome / Introduction ~ 1 min

  2. Short Brief / explanation of HCDT ~ 1 min

  3. Exploratory questions ~ 10 mins

  4. Group summarization ~ 2 mins

  5. Thank You / Closing  - ~ 1 min