We believe that educators are designers.Are you interested in launching a Human-Centered Design Challenge at your school? Leverage the tools and resources on this page to initiate your own project following the Schools2030 Human-Centered Design process.
Every day, teachers create experiences for their students through developing student goals, considering different student needs, iterating between lessons, and impacting student learning outcomes.
We believe that empowering educators with foundational design tools and methods will not only amplify the work they currently do, but it will also amplify the learning potential of their students.
The goal of the second step of the Schools2030 programme model is to empower teachers to design new solutions to improve holistic learning outcomes. In order to support that step, we have developed a customized Human-Centered Design process that is supported through a toolkit as well as a process for training participants in the process.
Our hope is that anyone who picks up the Schools2030 Human-Centered Design Educators Toolkit can go through it, page by page, to complete a locally-driven design process with fidelity. They can use this toolkit to create human-centered projects that will improve the holistic learning outcomes of their students.
WHAT IS HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN?
The foundationof human-centered design is a first-hand understanding of the human needs and behaviors in the systems being designed, followed by decision-making that is based on that understanding.
HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN IN SCHOOLSHuman-centered design methodologies have gained increasing attention in K12 education in recent years. From educators using the process as a pedagogical framework for real world, project-based learning to school leaders leveraging the process as a driver of innovation, progressive leaders of education reform around the world have taken up human-centered design as a mechanism for positive change.
HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN MINDSETSThe mindsets of human-centered design help practitioners to utilize the tools and meet the objectives of the phases.
- Work together to understand the context
- Look carefully to understand potential problems and opportunities
- Stay optimistic that you can solve the problem
- Hold back on solving the problem until the time is right
- Get inspired by people – active listening is a source of creative inspiration
- Put aside biases and assumptions about what you think the problem is – listen to the stakeholder.
- Seek new perspectives on old problems
- See opportunities in constraints
- Get comfortable with navigating contradictory information
- Many ideas lead to good ideas
- Defer judgment and criticism of ideas until the time is right
- Idea generation is not the time for evaluating ideas
- Brainstorming is a collaborative team activity
- Allow yourself to think of wild ideas
- Prototype early and often in order to learn about your idea
- Start small to make big change
- Show don’t tell
- Many cycles of prototyping are necessary to develop an idea
- Feedback is a gift to improve your ideas