This year’s Innovation Forum theme is “engaging design.” We have framed it in a very broad way so that we can engage in a cross-disciplinary exchange both in the usual and in new and surprising ways. For our preliminary purposes, “design” can be defined as creating the plan, drawing, schema, strategy, or process for making an object, event, or experience. Design can also refer to the occurrence of patterns in diverse spheres across the arts, humanities, the social and natural sciences, business, education, mathematics, and engineering. Continue reading
“My theory is that storytelling in the 21st century has an opportunity to be transformative in a way that enables those formerly known as the audience to become collaborators.”
Read more about filmmaker and professor Lance Weiler’s thoughts about storytelling and participatory design with students and former foster children at Columbia University. Then, be sure to check out these Innovation Forum sessions that feature the powerful potential of design and storytelling:
- Hollywood Stripper Stories: can films about exotic dancers be feminist?
- Presenters: Kari Lerum, PhD, Associate Professor and Ruth Gregory, MFA, Lecturer
- Telling Stories through Image Theatre
- Presenter: Karen Gourd, PhD, Assistant Professor
- Telling Stories: Aging and Assisted Living
- Presenter: Kathleen Woodward, Phd, Professor of English, Director of Simpson Center for Humanities
- Aging and Storytelling Workshop
- Workshop Leader: Anne Basting, PhD, Associate Professor, Theater and Executive Director, Center on Age and Community, University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
UW Bothell Professor David Goldstein’s presentation is one of the many presentations focused on Learning Design at the Innovation Forum. Goldstein’s proposition in “Decentering the University” encourages institutions to consider how conscientious design can help in developing courses and curricula that support and serve student needs, interests, and ways of learning. Read more about David’s presentation below.
By David S. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Many colleges and universities have begun to shift their orientation from teaching-centered (privileging the teacher and the content) to student–centered (designing courses and curricula based on students’ perspectives, needs, and desires). I wish to suggest that higher education needs to take the next step, to what I call “comprehensive learning-centeredness,” that acknowledges the campus as only one locus of student learning out of many. Students learn from all aspects of their lives, and higher education institutions should focus on helping students connect what they learn not only in the curriculum and co-curriculum, but also in their families, workplaces, friendships, houses of worship, etc.
Our ability to effectively innovate our curriculum depends upon recognizing that while our institution can guide the coordination of and documentation of learning, students draw from all aspects of their lives when demonstrating achievement of learning goals, and we serve them best when we build upon that recognition.
Hear David in person on Monday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in UW2-240
Interested in the future of technology? Consider attending the 37th Annual University Faculty Lecture the week prior to the Forum.
By Dr. Batya Friedman
Thursday, February 7, 2013
7 p.m. at Kane Hall, Room 130
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall.
UW Bothell Professor Camille Walsh’s upcoming presentation for the Innovation Forum Redesigning the Justice System: Youth Courts and the Restorative Justice Model in Action is part of a series of presentations around the importance and impact of learning design. Bothell Youth Court is a collaborative and civically engaged program designed to enhance student and community learning through an experiential approach to the justice system. Read more about Bothell Youth Court below and find more presentations around the theme of Learning Design here.
Youth courts are a growing grassroots phenomenon nationwide, and many people in different positions can identify with the need to redesign the broken justice system to create a structure that involves the community and encourages reintegration rather than punitive measures. In addition, the idea of youth judging youth has a strong appeal as a way for young people to be directly involved in a system that is both extremely powerful and otherwise dictated by adults. Bothell Youth Court was started through the joint efforts of Bothell Municipal Court Michelle K. Gehlsen, University of Washington Bothell students, and Professor Camille Walsh (IAS). Bothell Youth Court draws on community connections, student mentors, and real legal cases to create a profound experience in citizenship
and restorative justice for the participants.
On November 5th we hosted an informal roundtable discussion for faculty, staff and students around different concepts of design. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning, opened the discussion by engaging the group in how we personally consider design and its relationship to space and discipline.
Amy Van Dyke, Director of Physical Planning and Space Management, and William Erdly, Associate Professor in Computing and Software Systems, shared their practices and approaches in relationship to the design of educational and health spaces and programs. The evening ended with questions and discussions from faculty and students in disciplines ranging from poetics to art history to computer technology.
During winter quarter there will be two courses taught by UWB faculty that relate and connect to the Innovation Forum.
Are you a dancer or performer? Are you interested in how design connects to urban planning, media, or social change? Or maybe you’re just interested in opportunities to engage in engaging with design in new and interesting ways?
Then check out the exciting courses offered this winter:
Innovation Forum Mini-Course with Kanta Kochhar-Lindgre, UWB Professor and Bill Wiselogle, Bothell City Planner
Choreographic Workshop (audition required) with JoLynn Edwards, UWB Professor
Also, congratulations to all the Chalk It Up! participants and winners! They did a fantastic job!
Amen | Marakey
This year’s Biomimicry Student Design Challenge asks students to examine how nature manages the precious resource of water and apply what is learned to a local or global water challenge. Up to $11,000 in cash prizes. Find out more here.
Chalk It Up! is a design competition. Students will be provided chalk design kits that have all the materials they will need. The actual design challenge will be given in two parts at the event. It is a secret design challenge. The first part will take place in the Commons and will be on paper using pencils and crayons; the second part will be outside and will be on create using chalk and string. Teams are 3 to 5 people each. Chalk It Up! is meant to be fun, exciting, and silly with a healthy edge of competition. More info here.