Assignment 3: Design Thinking Challenge (Partners)

Value: 25%

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to participate in a design thinking process and experience an innovative design model in practice.  Working with a partner you will develop a solution to a design challenge, document the process, and share your solution with peers for feedback.

Instructions

For this assignment, you will work with a partner and will go through the steps of the d.School design thinking process together, either asynchronously or synchronously to address the following design challenge:

How might we radically reimagine the design of digital learning environments and realize the potential of critical instructional design in practice?

You will follow the steps outlined in the Assignment 3: Design Thinking Challenge and you can use (or adapt) the Assignment 3: Design Thinking Challenge Worksheet (PDF) or the Assignment 3: Design Thinking Challenge Worksheet (Google Doc) to help document your process, or you are welcome to use any additional tools or methods to capture your process.

As part of the process, you will negotiate and build a solution that both you and your partner might be able to adapt and adopt in your own contexts and will provide a summary of your solution that will be shared openly for comment on your blogs.  You will also document your design thinking process and include an explanation of the process you and your partner engaged in.

Format

The summary of your solution can be in a written format (Max. 1000 words), or you are also welcome to create an alternative format (i.e. video, audio narration, poster or infographic, interactive or multimedia submission, etc.), just make sure to ‘approximate’ the amount of work to no more than 1000 words.

The documentation of your design thinking process can be in written format (Max. 800 words) or alternative format and should include a copy of your completed worksheet (or alternative), an explanation of your design thinking process, any physical or digital models, and a reference list of any sources that may have informed your thinking.

You are expected to adhere to APA standards for citations, formatting, and references.

Submission

The summary of your solution will be posted to your blog for peer feedback.

The documentation of your design thinking process will be submitted to the Assignment 3: Design Thinking Challenge (Partners) Dropbox in Moodle.

Grading

This assignment will be marked according to the following rubric:

Course Learning Outcome/Assessment Criteria Excellent
(A+ to A)
Proficient
(A- to B+)
Satisfactory
(B to B-)
Unsatisfactory
(F)
Citation and APA format All citations and APA format are correct. Most citations and APA formatting are correct. Some citations and APA formatting are correct. Citations and APA formatting are not correct.
Style, Grammar, Spelling Writing is clear and effective for potential audiences with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Paragraphs are well-organized and adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is clear and effective for potential audiences, for the most part, with minor errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Paragraphs are fairly organized and mostly adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is somewhat unclear and/or ineffective for potential audiences with multiple errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Paragraphs somewhat adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure. Writing is unclear and ineffective for potential audiences with significant and repeated patterns of errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Paragraphs do not adhere to proper academic paragraphing structure.
Summary of Solution The solution is thoughtful and original. It demonstrates the design thinking process and the inclusion of each partner’s context. The solution demonstrates adequate development of ideas but would benefit from more specific development of relevant points through more discussion. The solution has some development but seems to lack insufficient discussion or contain irrelevant details that do not yet develop a clear sense of purpose. The solution requires more details on every level and lacks relevance and originality.
Documentation of the Design Thinking Process

Thoroughly documents the design thinking process and provides an insightful discussion of the experience.

Clear, detailed examples are provided, as applicable.

Documents the design thinking process and provides a discussion of the experience.

Appropriate examples are provided, as applicable.

Documents some of the design thinking process and provides a limited discussion of the experience.

Some examples, when applicable, are provided, but they are minimally connected to the assignment.

The design thinking process is minimally documented and there is little to no discussion of the experience.

Examples, when applicable, are not provided.