Off-Script: Design Thinking for Student-driven Learning – RESOURCES

At Off Script – Design Thinking for Student-Driven Learning, you will use the design process to establish a framework for a student-driven project or assignment. By the end of the two-day, retreat you will have gained hands-on experience with design thinking tools and created a prototype to implement design thinking in your school or classroom.

DAY 1 – Thursday, October 19
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Connect Coworking
33 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Parking / transportation options: The Centro Parking Garage (345 E. Congress Street) is $8.00/day and the closest parking option for Connect. If you are looking to avoid downtown traffic and parking, The SunLink Streetcar is $4/day pass or $1.75/ride. The streetcar stops just down the street from Connect. 

What to bring: Your sense of humor & curiosity. Your water bottle. Dress comfortably–this is a retreat. Your laptop or tablet with wifi access. All of the other materials you need for Day 1 will be provided.

8:00 – Breakfast from Cartel Coffee Lab – Delicious!

8:30 – Creating Innovators not Innovations – A short introduction to the basic process of design thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) and why it’s a useful tool for student-driven learning. 

9:00 – Start Where You Are – Finding new approaches to address itchy problems is a fundamental objective of design thinking…and the best place to start is by asking questions. Learn to define and tackle tough problems with strategies from appreciative inquiry and participatory design.

10:00 – Morning Break

10:15 – Empathy + Respect — Design thinking starts with empathy, but it takes more than “perspective taking” to work together toward new approaches and solutions. Respect and appreciation for difference are essential components of participatory design. Discover activities that can promote respect through empathy and inquiry.

11:30 – Me Time

12:00 – Lunch – Fun, delicious, and surprising!

1:00 – Who Are You? –  The traditional methodology for problem solving assumes that the designer has all the answers. Well, think again. To create feasible, viable, and desirable solutions, you’ve got to listen to what people need. Develop tools and strategies for deep listening and observation.

2:30 – Afternoon Break

2:45 – How DO You Define Success? We all have different definitions of success, different wants and needs. Use empirical learning to help you find the right angle. Practice focusing your aim and avoid assumptions through activities for collaborative learning and decision-making.

3:45 – Me Time

4:30 – I like, I wish, What if…? – Feedback loops allow you to monitor and adjust. Explore tools to share feedback in lean & effective ways.

5:00 – Happy Hour – YUM!

DAY 2 – Friday, October 20
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Connect Coworking
33 S. 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Parking / transportation options: The Centro Parking Garage (345 E. Congress Street) is $8.00/day and the closest parking option for Connect. If you are looking to avoid downtown traffic and parking, The SunLink Streetcar is $4/day pass or $1.75/ride. The streetcar stops just down the street from Connect.

What to bring: Your thinking capYour water bottle. Dress comfortably–this is a retreat. You will want your laptop or tablet for planning purposes this day.

8:30 – Breakfast  Cartel Coffee Lab

9:00 – Ideate! – It’s a fancy word for “come up with ideas.” Learn to harness the power of ideation by scaffolding the process and building creative confidence by stretching beyond the typical and the obvious.

10:15 – Morning Break

10:30 – Make it. Share it. – The best ideas aren’t any good if other people can’t conceptualize them. Take ideas from concept to reality by creating prototypes. Try your hand at prototyping and discover new angles you hadn’t seen.

11:30 – Prototype Party! Practice receiving and giving feedback in lean and helpful ways. (Yes, again. That’s what practice is all about!)

12:00 – Lunch – Fun, delicious, and surprising!

1:00 – The Testing Dilemma – You never know if something will work if you don’t try it, but this is too often where we get stuck. There’s always a million reasons not to try something. Work to create a way to test everything you’ve worked on. Design a test through a series of tried and true activities + personal work time.

3:30 – Show & Tell! – It’s time for listening and learning from each other.

4:15 – Wrap up…

Below are a few resource links that we think help provide a “big picture” framework of why we need to go off script. Check out all of them, just a few, or maybe none. It’s your call–there’s no test.

Changing Paradigms
TED Talk – Changing Education Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson (11 min)
HBR Article – The Big Shift, Measuring the Forces of Change – John Hagel III, et al
TEDx Talk – How I Became a Localist – Deborah Frieze (15 min)
TED Talk – We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers – Rachel Botsman (17 min)

Inspired Action
RSA Short – The 7 Ingredients of Creativity – Cedric Villani (3 min)
RSA Short – On Brainstorming – Jonah Lehrer (2 min)
TED Talk – How Listening Can Change an Entire Community – Rev. Jeffrey Brown (18 min)

Leadership + Growth Mindset
SSIR Article – Leading Change Through Adaptive Design – Maya Bernstein 
HBR Article – What Having a Growth Mindset Really Means – Carol Dweck
This American Life Podcast – NUMMI 2015 – Frank Langfitt (1 hr)
Forbes 5-min Read – Collective Leadership Drives Sustainable Growth – Boyle & Klunster
HBR Article – How Shared Leadership Changes Our Relationships at Work – Declan Fitzsimmons
White Paper – The Collective Leadership Framework – Center for Ethical Leadership

Design Thinking +
RSA Short – The Power to Create – Matthew Taylor (4 min)
IDEO Toolkit Excerpt – What is Design Thinking? – IDEO (link to full Toolkit)
TED Talk – Build a Tower, Build a Team – Tom Wujec (6 min)
TED TALK – Tales of Creativity and Play – Tim Brown (30 min)
TED Talk – What Makes us Feel Good About Our Work – Dan Airely (20 min)
TED Talk – Your Brain on Improv – Charles Limb (20 min)

You can download any of these PDFs and print them for use with your team. The map files are 8.5×11″, but can be enlarged and printed large format (2’x3′) for workshops or team meetings.

5 Whys + Backward Design

Empathy Map



Rapid Experiments