Creation of workspaces for design thinking process conduction
The first step to prepare for project realisation will be a development and improvement of Design Thinking laboratories in all project partner’s home universities. Such workspaces are an important step to introduce an innovative and effective methodology of design thinking into educational system and university projects.
Gaining experience in teaching Design Thinking
Before the project activities take place, many steps have been taken to prepare for project realisation. For the last years, on Lodz University of Technology, UTP and University of Tromsø, there have been conducted many workshops and seminars in the field of Design Thinking. Mostly those workshops were prepared for students, but they also have an open character and are free to everybody – sometimes also academic staff took part in these activities. Moreover, design thinking methodology and its tools are proposed during Problem Based Learning projects in the International Faculty of Engineering (IFE) at TUL.
Methodological preparation for tutors in the field of DT
Tutors who will be conducting an educational process of Design Thinking in partner universities will have to prepare themselves to gain the most experience in teaching DT. Those preparations will include learning from books and journals about design thinking and team based projects. Moreover, tutors will participate in DT-oriented workshops, JAMs and other similar activities.
Design thinking is a formal method for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result.
Design thinking identifies and investigates with both known and ambiguous aspects of the current situation in order to discover hidden parameters and open alternative paths which may lead to the goal.
It’s not "us versus them" or even "us on behalf of them". For a design thinker it has to be "us with them".Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO
We spend a lot time designing the bridge, but not enough time thinking about the people who are crossing it.Dr. Prabhjot Singh, Director of Systems Design at the Earth Institute
The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you’re trying to design for. Leadership is exactly the same thing – building empathy for the people that you’re entrusted to help.David Kelley, Founder of IDEO
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.Albert Einstein
Training materials for future teachers in Design Thinking methodology
Training materials for teachers will be the result of knowledge and acquaintance gained by DT tutors through the professional training courses (Masterclass for DT Tutors ) in one of the best education and training center in the field of Design Thinking, in UiT (Norway)
Multilingual course materials and DT handouts for summer schools and workshops
Multilingual course materials and DT handouts for the needs of summer schools and workshops such as National Good Practice Academy and International Good DT Practice Exchange are a separate group of teaching and promotional tools that are worked out by consortium partners. The materials will be applicable in international environments and interdisciplinary project groups taking part in summer schools and workshops. They will be developed in English, Polish, Spanish and Norwegian.
DT course programme for first-cycle studies
DT course programme for first-cycle studies, including the Design Thinking (DT), will be the result of the verification of current educational tracks existing in the consortium partners universities. After the analysis, there will be few pilot faculties and teaching programs proposed by all consortium universities for which DT will be developed.
Templates for the documents for international cooperation documentation
Educational and learning processes in the project assume methodologically innovative solutions, based on team projects in groups focused on solving real problems. All planned work will be performed taking into account both national and international and interdisciplinar groups of students, with different scientific affiliations and interests.
Design Thinking course sheet for first-cycle
To ensure the consistent education for first-cycle programme including the Design Thinking the unified content of DT course sheet will be developed across all consortium partners. The content development will be supported by previously trained DT tutors knowledge and experience.
Good practice in teaching and learning using Design Thinking methodology – a handbook
The effect of implementation of the project will be a handbook on good practices in the field of design thinking (the handbook of good DT practices). It will be a summary of summer courses – National Good Practice Academies and International Good Practice Exchange, Masterclass for DT Tutors in Tromsø and midterm Tutors’ Meeting at the University of Vigo.
DT course materials
Well-considered teaching process, that is expected to give the best educational results, requires using appropriate tools and adequate course materials preparation at every stage of education. It must include course syllabus, exercise books, working sheets that are specific to the first-cycle programme based on the Design Thinking methodology.
Set of methodically developed solutions for external recipients
The key element of the Design Thinking methodology is a formation of the solutions targeted to the needs of the specified end-users. This output requires preparation and conduction of National Good Practice Academies and International Good Practice Exchange.
International Good Practice Academy
University of Vigo (Spain)
16.06.2017 – 23.06.2017
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International Good Practice Academy
DiamonDT will allow different degrees of participation from the side of the students. The impact will therefore reside mainly in the provision of learning settings allowing to acquire a theoretical and practical knowledge on innovative ways of problem solving through Design Thinking methodology. Through DT education they will experience a process of mind stimulation and they will gain the ability of wide look at problem solution process. The project will also have an impact on team work experience of students across their participation in interdisciplinary, multi-language and multicultural project teams. They will have a chance to work locally with students from consortium partners as well as they will have an opportunity to join DT project groups during part-time international placements. Students will experience simultaneously the business environment as they will be invited to tackle companies’ problems and to develop innovative solutions for them. DiamonDT will have an impact on increasing student’s key competences, experiences and their future employability through broad set of skills: team working skills, language skills and transversal skills.
For academic staff
This group of people will have the opportunity to obtain a broad knowledge how to implement and integrate Design Thinking methodology with educational path by systemic approach and how to develop innovative DT education-type tools including: training materials for future teachers in Design Thinking methodology, DT course programme for first-cycle studies as well as Design Thinking course sheet for first-cycle and DT course materials. DT teachers involved in the DiamonDT project will have an opportunity to observe and exchange thoughts on the scale of DT educational effects in the international environment during tutors’ training in Tromsø and other workshops, trainings and meetings. This will allow develop their tutor’s experience and competences. DT teachers will observe effects of their academic term work during National Good Practice Academy and International Good DT Practice Exchange. Academic staff involved in the project will also have a chance to be leaders of their university inter-faculty societies and will spread out their knowledge over other DT-concerned academic people.
The DiamonDT project will provide consortium universities a set of DT guidelines and good practices that will enable to disseminate the project results both: locally and globally and allow other national universities, departments and faculties to adapt and develop similar approaches. The project will also provide consortium universities with high quality placements for their local and exchange students and at the same time provide international experiences for students who remain non-mobile, since they will be working together with exchange students during part-time placements. This will explore new areas of future common work and will gain existed international cooperation between consortium universities. The DiamonDT project also intends to have a significant impact on the creation of a sustainable local network of companies around the respective universities through their cooperation during National Good Practice Academy and International Good DT Practice Exchange team projects.
Local or international business and other possible external stakeholders will be invited to be one side of the discussion on the opportunity for students to address the currently identified challenges and problems. While doing Design Thinking projects within the National Good Practice Academy and International Good DT Practice Exchange, students will be able to tackle identified challenges or problems and develop innovative solutions for the companies; moreover, part-time international placements will then follow-up on these projects to make a meaningful contribution to the development of the consortium partners companies. Following this will generate important impact on enrichment and completion of the local and international employee’s market with highly qualified, open minded and competent people. The envisaged impact will also be enhancing the cooperation with the academic world in general and therefore ease the transfer of academic knowledge, while also benefiting from a European approach within their enterprises.