That’s a good question – Using design thinking to support the development of divergent thinking practices in first-year students.


I recently had the chance to work with a colleague at the University of Calgary on the design of an experiential, inquiry-based and student led approach to learning for a new program opening up – one that used the real and proven innovation practices that are fostered through the use of a design mindset. It … Continue reading That’s a good question – Using design thinking to support the development of divergent thinking practices in first-year students.

Using YouTube and BlackBoard to share micro lectures with a learning community.


I’ve been experimenting with different ways to share micro lectures with students this spring term. This has been prompted by learning that the vast majority of my first year students are using their cell phone data plans to download course content while socially isolating, and that over 80% of students feel challenged by having to … Continue reading Using YouTube and BlackBoard to share micro lectures with a learning community.

Nice to meet you: Discussion boards in online or hybrid learning models


In my experiments with what I call a BOLD (or Blended Online Learning Model) of instructional design, I’ve come to love the discussion board. I say this reluctantly, because I really hated the discussion board for a long, long time. The discussion board felt like the worst of the online world: full of opinions, dominated … Continue reading Nice to meet you: Discussion boards in online or hybrid learning models

Taking a look behind the screen: understanding the online learning community though an introductory survey.


Connecting with students in a virtual environment for online learning is an enormous challenge, and my own lack of understanding about what students are prepared to do, what they are facing at home as challenges of their own, and even what tech or tools they have access too certainly does not help. As post secondary … Continue reading Taking a look behind the screen: understanding the online learning community though an introductory survey.

Reflecting on reflective practice


Seems like everything is a bit different these days, and supporting reflective practices within our classrooms is certainly no different. I know from my work with design thinking, and my practice in creating experiential and active learning classrooms that instituting a reflective practice within learning time is critical to the success of all learners. Without … Continue reading Reflecting on reflective practice

Doing Design Thinking: An Ethnography of the Digital Graphic Design Studio


I’ve finished my dissertation on the creative problem solving practices of designers (lovingly named Wanda so that I have someone to scream at when needed) and submitted it to the University of Calgary – I’m ALL DONE! Yay! I’m sharing it here with you…prepare yourselves accordingly for a longish visit to theory town. But once … Continue reading Doing Design Thinking: An Ethnography of the Digital Graphic Design Studio

Mapping the un-mappable in design thinking


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

Untangling Design Thinking from Designing, Thinking, and Designing our 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.

Design Thinking’s moment in the University classroom.


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 in the University classroom.

Connecting Innovation and Creativity in teaching and learning: Design thinking goes to University.


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.

Connecting Creativity and Innovation – researching our #cdninnovation future


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

What does it mean to connect innovation and creativity through design thinking?


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 What does it mean to connect innovation and creativity through design thinking?

A little light reading: Practice Theory edition


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

A little light reading: Ethnography edition


More from last year’s candidacy, in case it is of help to others who suffer so: a brief listing of readings from the world of ethnography with a special focus on cultural production studies and organizational ethnographic studies. Alcoff, Linda (1992). The Problem of Speaking for Others. Cultural Critique, 20, 5-32. Atkinson, P., Coffey, A., … Continue reading A little light reading: Ethnography edition

A little light reading: Cultural Production Studies edition


For what it is worth: a brief listing of readings from the world of  Cultural Production Studies with a special focus on the world of design. Banks, M., Gill, R., & Taylor, S. (Eds.). (2014). Theorizing cultural work: Labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries. Florence, KY: Taylor and Francis. Becker, H. … Continue reading A little light reading: Cultural Production Studies edition

Didn’t we solve this one? The function of practice routines in design thinking.


Didn’t we solve this one? The function of practice routines in design thinking. Abstract While design thinking has become a buzz word in industries far outside of the design space, it’s application inside the studio remains relatively unstudied (Kimbell, 2011). Current models of ‘design thinking’ make visible the applied process informed by the creative decision … Continue reading Didn’t we solve this one? The function of practice routines in design thinking.