Friday, October 9, 2015

The MindLab Session 13 - Design Thinking in the classroom and in Leadership

Design Thinking in the classroom and in Leadership 

Many issues we face in education are caused by poor design - great example is the poor design of the power points in the room we are in!!!

Linking Design Thinking to 21st Century Skills - can design thinking assist the acquirement of 21st-century skills?

'Design a Fashion Accessory' - in less than 10 minutes - 

Design thinking methodology - some examples 

1 - Empathy 

2 - Immersion 
Immersion - explore the topic 
Synthesis - connect my learning to problem finding - identify the problem 
Ideation - generating and judging ideas 
Prototyping - acting upon ideas 
Feedforward - sharing ideas 

3 - Thinking into action 

4 - Mindsets processes and methods -  the need to be agile in your thinking 

Design thinking means not holding onto what you believe to be true - prototype and be mindful of the process - ie don't try to skip steps. It's the mindset that sets the project.

Design Thinking for Educators - teachers are designers of learning

Our chosen issue or problem was - students designing their own assessments

We then had to cube the task - this was a bit of a painful task!!

Rogers' Adoption of the Innovation Cycle 

Image result for rogers adoption of the innovation cycle

Different strategies need to be used for each section of the graph - the group - the innovators and early adopters want to be given the tool NOW.
Early majority want PD and support and need a lot to get there. I think Laggards should be named 'resisters'.....

Does the organisation that is trying to innovate have to set a timeline and say to the laggards you need to get on board. Or do you keep on 'watering the rocks'....

Leadership provides an environment for the laggards to be the critics - but there needs to be ground rules - provide the critique - provide the areas you want critiqued.

You can overlay leadership theory on the diagram- 

              situational - transformational -  transactional  - dictatorial 

When do you call it quits - ask the question 'is it absolutely essential that we all are doing this at the same time? will anyone die??'

Consider your worst user - the one that will be hardest to persuade to change -  profile them - ours was Bob - see below 

100 solutions in 10 minutes - then filter them 
1 a safe bet
2 a long shot, but difficult to implement 
3 darling - fav idea 

Then rank each individually - 1-10 - is it: 
- new 
- usable 
- feasible 

I still like showing them the 'door of the bus' as my personal 'darling' ....

Our winning idea is 'document everything and provide with checklists to follow'

After initial pitch, refine the idea based on rose, bud, thorn. Our final ad was a little less than constructive 'move the laggard on....' 

Worried about your laggards?
Are your laggards holding you back? 
You need the 574 step checklist! 
Guaranteed to move any laggard on! 
The bus is waiting........

How might design thinking inform leadership practices?
Certainly in the design of the strategic plan; the vision; their values etc....
The ground level are expected to implement the plan, are not necessarily the ones informing the vision.....
Too much criticism leads to no action - bias over action. 
Showing not telling, having visible processes, so that everyone knows where it's going. 
The process has to be seen to be followed. 
Change is a process of evolution, the first prototype may not be perfect, but that's OK, we need a culture of safe failure. We have to design the safe space for this person to fail in. 

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