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Goal/ purpose

Practice the first steps of design thinking: empathize, define, ideate and prototype
During a hackathon, participants have to solve a problem - a case - in a short time

Duration

24 till 36 hours

Material

Depends on the case (pen, paper, computer…)
A case preferably from a professional

Description

The school, city or company present their case to the participants.

In what follows students accept the challenge and try to find a good solution for the problem within the give time frame.

You prefer to invite a multidisciplinary group for a hackathon. In this way, you can have students from the teacher training course work together with students from other courses, but also with external participants. By working in multi-disciplinary groups you broaden everyone's perspective

During a hackathon it's all about cooperation. You all work in a pleasant, informal setting to find a good solution as quickly as possible. Teamwork, time pressure and the necessary relaxation ensure an inspiring event where everyone gets the most out of themselves. This provides an enormous boost of energy before, during and after the event. You will see that after the event you will continue to solve other cases full of energy and inspiration.

Students focus on the first three steps and if possible sketch a prototype of their solution. However, the emphasis is mainly on thinking up a solution rather than actually realizing it. That would be a nice bonus, but that is not the intention.

Success factors

Start from a well-developed case. The goal to be achieved must be very clear for each team. If not, solutions will be devised that nobody is waiting for.

Keep the case realistic and adapt it to the available time and space.

Provide different times when students can call on experts who have a good knowledge of the case. This way, students can not only empathize better at the start, but they can also question them if they get stuck in their process.

How did we use it at the AP college?

In our college, students from the Applied Computer Science and Electronics ICT course successfully took part in a hackaton.

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Purpose/goal

The YEDAC - Young Entrepreneurs Developing in Action-  project is an EU-project focusing on developing young people’s entrepreneurial competences.

This project has developed models to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset into the subject matters and the daily teaching in European schools. The tools and models developed in the project have been tested by teachers and their pupils in schools all over Europe and used worldwide.

The workshops and activities provided in this toolkit could be integrated in Higher Education.

Specific goals related to the entrepreneurial learning process model:

Explore:

  • To explore together with your classmates and teacher, what an entrepreneur is, and what entrepreneurs do.
  • To assess your own entrepreneurial competences with the self-assessment tool.
  • To explore the theme you are going to work with.

Develop

  • To collaborate with teachers and partners to get as many ideas as possible.
  • To help each other pick the best idea.
  • To plan the working process – how to realize your idea.
  • To set individual learning goals for what you will learn in the process.
  • To develop and produce your product or service or solution.
  • To make a prototype and test it on a relevant target group.

Deliver

  • To present your product, service or solution for your classmates, teachers and maybe also to other partners.
  • To get an overview over what you have learned in the subject matters and how you have improved your entrepreneurial competences.

Duration

It depends on the workshops and/or activities you decide to implement. There are activities for minutes or modules to be developed during weeks

Material

Description

The book or toolkit is about entrepreneurship and learning. It is a guide to help people through the process of getting a good idea and putting it into action. In other words, it is like acting like an entrepreneur and at the same time explore the subject matters.

Entrepreneurship is considered by YEDAC as an attitude or an approach to life and learning. It means that you have the will and the ability to influence on your own future and take responsibility for your own life and activities.

In this book the reader will find tools and a guideline on how to act an learn in a new way, where the person contribute with ideas and interests and make important decisions on how to bring these ideas to life.

The book is based on the entrepreneurial learning process model that illustrates how learning activities can be organised.

The process consists of three main phases: explore, develop and deliver. These steps are divided into workshops. A workshop is an intensive learning activities with a specific activities: entrepreneurship; real world themes; development of ideas; planning; production; presentation and evaluation.

Language

English

Purpose/goal

General: To motivate teachers to act and develop new ideas to contribute to the entrepreneurial education.

Specific: Related to the 5 phases of the Design Thinking methodology.

  1. To empathize with the suggested problem.
  2. To interpret in a proper way the problem to be solved.
  3. To select ideas to answer the problem.
  4. To transform ideas into prototypes. 

Duration

The awareness programme is programmed to be carried out in a total of 5 sessions. In each session a block of the programme will be worked. Each block corresponds to each phase of Design Thinking.

The program is structured in 5 sessions of 2 hours of duration that will be carried out throughout 5 weeks every Wednesday afternoon after the end of the classes.

Material

Description

In order to carry out the activities in a dynamic way following the process of Design thinking, the programme will be carried out with a maximum of 30 people, who will work in small groups (6 people per group) with the exception of the activities of the last session which will be carried out all together.

Each teacher will be given a file where they will find the different readings for each block and the steps they must follow to carry out the different activities.

At the end of the programme, on the one hand, each participant will have to fill in a rubric in order to reflect on the learning they have acquired in each of the phases and, on the other hand, they will find a scale of assessment to evaluate whether they have personally developed the competences that characterise an entrepreneur or not.

Finally, teachers will be able to reflect and write suggestions about the entire process followed by them in order to make future improvements to the programme.

This programme has been produced by Ainhoa Ituño Martín (participant of EIPTE project) and Jon Hernández Fernández, both last year students of the Primary Education degree of the University of Deusto.

Language

Spanish.

Purpose/goal

To look for people eager to lead projects that bring change in and out of their organizations.

Duration

It is a hands-on, practical and exciting training that lasts for 16 weeks.

Material

See: http://www.creaction.es/en/home

Description

Creaction! is an online training platform developed by the University of Deusto to foster entrepreneurial skills. It is a journey that starts when someone invites you to join it. There are different roles: 

  • Travelers are those who join the journey once they receive an invitation from their Guide. Although there are individual exercises, the journey is designed to be made simultaneously in a group. 
  • Guide is the person who invites travelers to join Creaction! This person has previously completed the journey. He or she will shake and motivate the travelers during their adventure and will keep track the traveler's work. 
  • Hosts are experts from the University of Deusto who have created the Creaction! Methodology. They will help guides in their tasks as journey shakers. 

The journey concludes with a final project that will make the change either in or out your organization. The topic of the projects can be either defined by the Guide or by the same traveler.

Creaction! has a clear practical approach, and the best sample of this is that to conclude the journey, each traveler has to share his or her project following the Design For Change methodology.

Language(s)

  • English
  • Basque
  • Spanish

Purpose/goal

  • To develop creativity and innovation.
  • To generate new ideas (mainly educational resources).
  • To design and develop new educational products (resources) using a different kind of materials, in a very creative way, and taking into account the resources provided in the profile. 
  • To share (and identify) new, unknown or innovative educational resources.
  • To reflect on the use of everyday material for the design of educational resources.

Duration

It will always depends on the use you make of the different resources that the profile provides.

Material

See: https://www.instagram.com/recursosaula/?hl=es

In case you have problems to access the account, please go to Instagram to "recursoaula"

Description

This is an instagram profile that shares with anyone who ask for it different resources: sentences, books, videos, other educational profiles, posters, infographics, activities, TIC tools and techniques among others.

You can find original and innovative educational resources made by teachers, educators, pre-service teachers and/or students using all kind of materials and fabrics.

Lnguage (s)

Spanish. In any case, many of the resources are presented through images in which the language is not an impediment.

Purpose/goal

  • To develop new ideas or thoughts - regardless of the task/problem.
  • The same process that leads to radical innovation will also enhance self-esteem and thus the joy of participation by the individual human. Therefore, the Creative Platform can both be used for innovation, development of job satisfaction through higher self-esteem and in any situation where new thoughts or ideas are needed. 
  • The Creative Platform can be used for teaching creativity, creative teaching in all subjects from primary school to PhD level, developing self-esteem, generation and development of ideas for new products, services, organizational setups, marketing plans, what to do in the weekend, where to go for holiday or any other context where a new idea or thought is needed in a group.

Duration

It depends on the modules and/or activities you decide to implement. There are activities for minutes or modules to be developed during weeks.

Material

The Creative Platform (University of Aalborg)

Other related links:

CECI Youtube channel.

CECI issuu

Description

The Creative Platform is a paradigm for unlimited application of knowledge in processes. It is practiced by a creative process in groups. Through the creative process humans develops an ability to be themselves - thus freeing them from limitations of disciplinary (academic/professional), social or cultural character.

The basic element of a creative process is the idea. An idea is a unique situation-specific representation of knowledge - and the process consists of ideas - on ideas - on ideas until the solution in the form of a product, project, procedure, an appointment, idea concept, a professional understanding or course of action is a reality.

The Creative Platform is an approach for teaching creativity and/or running creative processes. It is the idea of an ideal mental workplace for interdisciplinary, inter-social and intercultural groups. On the platform it is possible for professionals from all kinds of disciplines and cultural backgrounds to unlimited apply their knowledge for solving a common task/problem. Therefore The Creative Platform is a learning environment, where people apply their knowledge unlimitedly to create new knowledge constructions in terms of ideas for products, services or new perspectives on their thinking.

As a didactic approach the creative platform forms a shift in paradigm compared to most didactic approaches. While the core in traditional didactic approaches is about reflecting experiences or literature, the core in The Creative Platform is about engaging in the experience of creatively creating something together with other people. This notion builds on the premise that only through total engagement it is possible to let go of the dominating patterns of thinking that are bound by disciplines, social structures and cultural traditions.

Examples of application ranges from organizational development, product/service development, teaching creativity at all levels of education, creative teaching at all levels of education, cross disciplinary work, self-esteem development and much more. In the video below you can see an introduction to The Creative Platform.

6-PHASE MODEL

The process on The Creative Platform and the work done on it always follow the same phases - no matter what the purpose might be:

1. Preparation for facilitating the process, composition of participants, physical frames and writing down a minute-by-minute program of the process
2. The Red Carpet is a ritual in which participants get onto The Creative Platform and have the motivation, concentration and confidence to engage in the process
3. The problem/task is presented briefly and without professional/academic input of any kind
4. Idea development is where knowledge is applied unlimited in a creative generation and development of solutions for the problem/task

5. Professional/academic input is brought into the process when we have found a direction/an idea that we want to develop further
6. The Blue Carpet is a ritual in which participants are taken down from The Creative Platform and will be prepared for the ordinary world again

3D CASES

The process includes a number of 3D cases from the 3D Didactic. These exercises provide a change in behavior and thinking of the participants needed on The Creative Platform. The 3D cases are context independent. A process consists of alternating 3D case - working on task/problem - 3D case - working on task/problem, and so on. Therefore, the 3D cases are only used to create a specific behavior and thinking that is needed for the following work on task/problem – a bit like a training before doing. You can read more about 3D didactic in by following the link "3D Didactic" in the menu on the right.

PRINCIPLES

The entire process of The Creative Platform including 3D cases, the work on task/problem, the 6-phase model and everything else - are uncompromisingly following four fundamental principles:

All have the same kind of thinking and behavior at all times (parallel thinking)
One should only focus on the task (task focus)
There should be no experience of judgement (no experienced judgement)
Stimulating the use of all kinds of knowledge (horizontal thinking)

BEFORE USING THE PLATFORM

It would be a good idea to familiarize yourself thoroughly with it before you start. A good idea is to experiment with using it in situations where you have only little at stake. The more confident you become about using it, the more your participants will understand, feel it and eventually get onto The Creative Platform. In the menu "The Creative Platform" under "What is it" (https://www.uka.aau.dk/The+Creative+Platform/What+is+The+Creative+Platform/) you will find videos and literature to read before you start using it. The Creative Platform uses the 3D Didactic as an important part of the processes. It would be interesting to study this concept further. You can find more information on the 3D Didactic in the menu "3D Didactic" (https://www.uka.aau.dk/3D+Didactic/) .

There are process modules and tools for processes that are available in the menus "The Creative Platform" under:

* "Process modules": All processes (courses) on The Creative Platform are made by mixing standard modules in different ways. This means that one can make a course on creativity by mixing the modules in one way, an innovation process by mixing in a different way and a completely third mix can create a process for self-esteem development, and
* "Tools for processes": In the following you can find the tools needed for using The Creative Platform yourself. All materials are open source and you are allowed to print/copy as many as you would like for private/organizational use, however, you are not allowed to print/copy for sales.

See https://www.uka.aau.dk/The+Creative+Platform/

Language(s)

  • English
  • Danish

Purpose/goal

To generate innovative and creative ideas that focus its effectiveness on understanding and solving the real needs of users.

Duration

Depending on the way in which the process is structured, the challenge that has to be faced, the information that the participants have, the number of people that participate in the process and the time that is available, the design thinking methodology could be worked out in a practical way in a minimum of two days. In any case, it depends on different variables.

This toolkit for educators will act as a reference to deal with this methodology and guide the educator and students.

Material

Description

This tool is based on the idea that "Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. It is believed that that kind of optimism is well needed in education".
This tool is also based on the fact that Design thinking is a creative process that helps you to design meaningful solutions in the classroom, at your school, and in your community. The toolkit for educators provides you with instructions to explore Design Thinking and its 5 phases:

1. Discovery (empathize)
2. Interpretation (define)
3. Ideation (ideate)
4. Experimentation (prototype)
5. Evolution (test)

It is necessary to download the toolkit that contains: a workbook and the toolkit for educators. Click on the following link to download both resources.

You can download it in different languages.

Language(s)

English
Spanish
Portuguese
Czech
French
Korean