Design Thinking

These tools correspond with the SLS Student Learning Outcomes


Big Idea Writeup

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a loose collection of methods and tactics abstracted from design practice and made applicable to issues, fields, and contexts generally thought of being outside of design. The most common framework is the one developed by IDEO and the Stanford d.school and is centered around a 5 step process: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. The value of design thinking is to provide a process that can be used for invention, even by those not formally trained in design.

Course

HumaniTech - VIP

GT faculty are working on a range of ongoing and exploratory humanitarian research topics. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to this research and get them involved to help advance the work. The studio class is team based and students will work with GT faculty, other university faculty, NGOs and others depending on project needs.

Design Studio Berlin

“Germany is facing the biggest challenges since the reunification. Hundred thousands of people come to Germany escaping war and violence. Many of these will stay for a long term or permanently…We need residential space, we need to create possibilities for a successful integration, we need spaces of encounter..” (Dr.

Collaborative Design

Collaborative Design is a course focused on inquiry-based learning in a project-based environment. Student teams will learn to work together creatively, in a hands-on environment, with emerging technologies to design innovative products or services. The course aims to teach design thinking as an approach that can be used to consider issues and resolve problems more broadly, and promote self-directed learning that can be applied inside and outside the classroom.

Collaborative Design

Collaborative Design is a course focused on inquiry-based learning in a project-based environment. Student teams will learn to work together creatively, in a hands-on environment, with emerging technologies to design innovative products or services. The course aims to teach design thinking as an approach that can be used to consider issues and resolve problems more broadly, and promote self-directed learning that can be applied inside and outside the classroom.

Vertically Integrated Project: Civic Design

The purpose of this course is to research and develop information, communication, and media systems to address regional civic issues, using techniques from design, computing, and social sciences , in collaboration with government and community partners.  These systems will have real-world impact, and promote social sustainabilty, equity, and justice.

Toolkit Listing

Smart City Kit

The Smart City Kit is a set of hands-on materials that supports collaborative scenario building activities. These activities can foster a greater understanding of smart-cities as socio-technical systems. Through these activities, students should develop an appreciation for how smart cities technologies fit or don’t fit into the fabric of everyday life in the city. The kit requires no background knowledge in design or participatory methods – complete instructions are provided. It can be customized for specific technologies or scenarios, and it can be used across the curriculum. 

The Smart City tool is available for check-out from the Serve-Learn-Sustain office. Email us to inquire. You can also find all the resources needed to build your own kit above by following the "Build Your Own Kit" link. 

Smart Cities

The Smart City Kit is a set of hands-on materials that supports collaborative scenario building activities. These activities can foster a greater understanding of smart-cities as socio-technical systems. Through these activities, students should develop an appreciation for how smart cities technologies fit or don’t fit into the fabric of everyday life in the city. The kit requires no background knowledge in design or participatory methods – complete instructions are provided. It can be customized for specific technologies or scenarios, and it can be used across the curriculum.

The Smart City tool is available for check-out from the Serve-Learn-Sustain office. Email us to inquire. You can also find all the resources needed to build your own kit here

SOLO Taxonomy

The SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) Taxonomy Rubric is a rubric designed by Serve-Learn-Sustain to assess Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed to assess sustainability knowledge. The rubric can be adapted to assess any of the nine SLOs that instructors can use when partnering with SLS for their affiliated courses. 

This rubric is intended to be adaptable for each instructor’s use. Most projects or assignments will utilize three or four SLOs at most. Choose the SLOs that are most pertinent to your assignments or projects when utilizing this rubric.