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Thursday, October 5 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Building Learning Pathways in a Connected Learning World through DiscoverDesign.org

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Design thinking can be used as a learning tool tool that moves youth from consumption to production using a structured design process. How might we leverage design thinking and process to engage youth in authentic design and real-world opportunities? How can design move youth from consumers of media to producers of their own learning. Join Chicago Architecture Foundation for an introduction to DiscoverDesign.org and how to effectively use design thinking and process to build learning pathways. Learn how to develop collaboration, communication and problem-solving skills with youth through playlists. Remix and create your own design challenges incorporating a mix of digital and nondigital tools. Encourage youth to work on real-world design problems and enter into national and local competitions to unlock opportunities.

In this 90-minute teach-In, CAF will show how participants can begin to introduce youth with little-to-no design experience to design thinking through a structured methodology and entry level interactions called playlists. Teach-in participants will work together to translate skills and principles into participatory, action-oriented playlists for youth success and self-efficacy in a connected learning world. 

Workshop participants will then work to explore how youth can move from building discreet skills through playlists towards authentic design. Participants will use design thinking to translate relevant opportunities in their curricula into design challenges.

The workshop will also provide time for discussion on how design thinking and design process can be used in multiple contexts. What makes a good problem? What skills are translatable? How essential is design thinking and design process for success in a connected learning world?


Gabrielle Lyon

Vice President of Education and Experience, Chicago Architecture Foundation

Thursday October 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Emerald Bay A