I recently had the great honour of presenting my doctoral research work (the Doing Design Thinking study) to the University of Calgary Board of Governors - this was both terrifying (this board helps guide the strategic direction of the University! eek!) and exciting at the same time, as most worthwhile knowledge mobilization efforts are. But … Continue reading Experiential Learning and the Design Mindset: Developing a Signature Pedagogy at the University of Calgary
I've been having a really interesting conversation with a student recently about the shape and function of design thinking practices inside and outside the studio space. How does each camp (business folk, organizational studies researchers, designers) understand who has ownership over what? In trying to suss this out, I went back to some mapping. Mapping … Continue reading Mapping the un-mappable in design thinking
In an effort to wrangle the term design thinking into submission, I'm trying to untangle design thinking from all the words...design, designing, thinking, and designing our thinking. As a model for change in the world of post secondary education, design thinking serves an important purpose: it is both a tool that can enhance learning for … Continue reading Untangling Design Thinking from Designing, Thinking, and Designing our Thinking.
So it would seem that design thinking is having a moment. I know, I know. This is not news. After all, once something has hit the twittersphere with the force that design thinking seems to have (#designthinking), the moment may actually be almost over. But this is exciting for me, because it means that the … Continue reading Design Thinking’s moment at the UCalgary College for Discovery, Creativity and Innovation.
One of the questions I ask designers in my field research is “how did you learn to solve problems”? I get all sorts of answers, but after more than a few jokes about the boot camp that is design school and the battle field of client work, most of the designers I interview talk about … Continue reading Connecting Innovation and Creativity in teaching and learning: Design thinking goes to University.
Innovation. We’re hearing this word a lot these days – in our federal budget, our businesses and especially in our research work. The use of design thinking as a method to generate innovation in spaces outside the design studio is something that I believe we should all celebrate. If, as the meme-verse tells us, creativity … Continue reading Connecting Creativity and Innovation – researching our #cdninnovation future
I'm so thrilled and honoured to be a part of the SSHRC Storytellers Top 25 Competition this year - I really believe that developing a better understanding of the ways that designers solve complex and critical problems will help us connect creativity and innovation in Canada's future, and I'm so excited to share the research … Continue reading The Doing Design Thinking Study is headed to #SSHRCStorytellers 2017 Top 25!
From the candidacy vault: a list of practice theory sources and inspirations, with a special focus on organizational dynamics, and the process of learning, changing and evolving practice forms. Barab, S., & Duffy. (2011). From practice fields to communities of practice. In D. Jonassen & S. Land. (Eds.), Theoretical foundations of learning environments. New York, … Continue reading A little light reading: Practice Theory edition