We Took an IDEO Course Together
Design Thinking as Professional Development in Florida International University’s Writing Program
Keywords:design thinking, generative failure, Professional Development, Collaboration, Curriculum,, Hispanic-Serving Institutions
In Summer 2019, six writing program faculty at Florida International University took a free, five-week online course on design thinking offered by IDEO and +Acumen. By the end of the course, we seriously questioned the elitist underpinnings of design thinking and recognized that practicing it at a Hispanic-Serving Institution with predominantly working-class students would require greater thoughtfulness about our local context than was present in the course materials. However, we also found that this shared learning experience had been worthwhile and that the ideate, test, and fail-fast mindset of design thinking could have useful pedagogical and administrative implications. To put it another way, through this course, we prototyped a writing program reconceived as an ongoing, collaborative design thinking process. In this article, we trace our experiences in and reactions to the course. Then we turn to how the experience of the course has informed our subsequent research, teaching, and administrative work. Finally, we close with a brief reflection on our work as a humble, incremental approach to design thinking and the value we found in sustained, reflective collaboration.
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