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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

Purposeful Storytelling: How Designing With, Instead of For, Promotes Understanding

“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.”

–Lance Weiler

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:

  • Aging and Sto­ry­telling Workshop
  • Work­shop Leader: Anne Bast­ing, PhD, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, The­ater and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Cen­ter on Age and Com­mu­nity, Uni­ver­sity of Mil­wau­kee, Wisconsin

Decentering the University

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. 

Decen­ter­ing the University

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

The Shape of Being: Technology Design, Human Values and the Future

Inter­ested in the future of tech­nol­ogy? Con­sider attend­ing the 37th Annual Uni­ver­sity Fac­ulty Lec­ture the week prior to the Forum.

The Shape of Being: Tech­nol­ogy Design, Human Val­ues and the Future

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.

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Learning Design: Bothell Youth Court

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.

By Camille Walsh, JD, PhD, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, School of Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Arts and Sciences

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.

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Innovation Forum Roundtable

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.

Innovation Forum Courses

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

Dancing Groundskeepers!

Did you see the danc­ing groundskeep­ers at the Chalk It Up! Event? If you missed their impromptu dance, see the full ver­sion here.

Also, con­grat­u­la­tions to all the Chalk It Up! par­tic­i­pants and win­ners! They did a fan­tas­tic job!

Amen | Marakey
Will Lewis
Nimco Osman
Gur­pal Singh
Han­nah Chang
Anthony Gar­cia
Laura Erick­son
Kylani Arring­ton
Omer Ter­ra­son
Adri­ana Lara

Chalk It Up!

Join us tomor­row from 12p-6p in the UWB Com­mons and Prom­e­nade for the 2013 Inno­va­tion Forum Kick-Off Event: Chalk It Up Design Competition!

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.