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The Innovation Hub & LLC’s Design Thinking Experience Program

Submitted on Friday, November 08, 2019

Are you passionate about improving campus life and working with like-minded people? Interested in gaining real-life experience with Design Thinking?  

Join the Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture and Innovation Hub’s 10-week Design Thinking Experience Program with fellow students and U of T staff! In this series you’ll have the opportunity to learn design thinking by working on real projects that aim to enhance campus life.

Design thinking and the qualitative research skills that accompany it are effective tools for reimagining what existing on-campus services, programs and spaces might look like, and for visioning entirely new ones. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about – and practice – designing with rather than for students all the way from inspiration to implementation. Elements covered include methods of data collection and analysis, ideation and prototyping, and presenting design-based research projects!

Program details:
The program runs Thursday mornings from January 9, 2020 to March 19, 2020. By the end of this program, participants will learn and gain hands-on experience with:

  • Various models of design thinking
  • Empathy & design thinking
  • Equity & ethics in design thinking
  • Culture change & strategy in a U of T context
  • Data collection methods including interviews, observations & alternative methods
  • Transcription & data analysis
  • Ideation & prototyping
  • Testing & implementation
  • Reporting & presenting design based research projects

The first step to participate is to join one of our upcoming information sessions:

Online Information Session:
Tuesday November 19th from 1-2pm
Where: Zoom (details to be sent to registrants)
Register online by November 15th

In-Person Information Session:
Friday November 22nd from 9-10am
Where: room 610, 215 Huron St.
Register online by November 15th

Commitment is intensive: there will be a mandatory two-hour workshop each week, plus three hours of additional work. Because we work on genuine projects with deliverables and deadlines, we ask that participants commit to full attendance and participation. Space is limited in this pilot program.

How to apply:
Applications will open in late November, and will require interested staff to indicate why they wish to participate and what they hope to learn, as well as provide a letter of recommendation. Additional information about the application process will be provided in the November information sessions.

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