Design Thinking session at #olc15

At the Online Learning Consortium Conference Patrice Prusko from Cornell and I presented a session on Design Thinking to re-imagine Professional Development.  The slides can be accessed here.

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Patrice and I met during the OLC #et4online conference and have been meeting every other Saturday since that conference via Skype. The focus of our meetings has been to try to solve a problem in a creative way. These conversations have brought us to explore design thinking as a method to find our own solution. The design thinking experience has been so useful to us that we wanted to share the process with others.

After our introduction to the process we shared our experiences and struggles in solving a WICKED challenge.  Then we led the group through a “speed dating” version of design thinking. The participants were paired and given a list of interview questions.  If you are interested in learning more please see the facilitators guide.

Design Thinking Workshop participants at #olc15
Design Thinking Workshop participants at #olc15

The participants were quickly engaged in learning about each other and the challenges that each of them face in their lives and work environment.  I’ve attended many sessions at conferences over the years, but often they are sit and get sessions. Patrice and I were truly delighted at the engagement of the group with each other and the problems and solutions that they were able to come up with in just 45 short minutes.

Patrice is a joy to work with and it was my honor and privilege to get to present with her at #olc15. We will definitely be doing this again! Look out OLC Innovate.

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