Comet Landing, Ebola, Exams + Design Challenges
We are closing out exam period, and the library has been packed with students working to pull together evidence of learning from a term of work. Some easily engage in a CENT COM (central command) like mode and dig into individual and group work and others are still developing their notion of academic CENT COM, and being in the library gives a few good models of effective behavior.
The conversation I like to have with students during this week is that exam period is, perhaps, the closest feeling they will have to what is ahead–a job. For many, jobs often feel like exam period with its rhythm of preparation and performance moments all throughout a week. In fact, the admissions team at Gould is headed into short exam period with welcoming a new mid-year students. They worked with me on a design challenge as warm up for re-designing their orientation process.
Juxtaposing these images highlights that exam periods mimic the realities of individuals with jobs: we have a team, a task, a goal, and a performance metric. Dig in. This is real. And this is the future.
The cross-sector adoption of design thinking–from health care, to entrepreneurship, to the military, to shoe designers, to educators k-16, highlight that the it takes diverse collaborative teams to solve problems. Here are two headlines grabbed from the internet:
Design thinking and accessible fabrication tools are significantly altering who can tackle problems like ebola and designing a spacecraft that can land on a comet. I suspect that the IDEAS Center at Gould will start to re-shape what exam period looks like at Gould and perhaps we will take on IDEOs design challenges instead.