Monday, October 24, 2016

Design Thinking and Increasing Study Abroad Participation #GenerationStudyAbroad

I'm here at the IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit and it's been great so far!

At the morning plenary I was reintroduced the the concept of Design Thinking but this time applied to the idea of increasing the number of U.S. students who study abroad.  It was fascinating to hear the speakers from The Design Gym talk about design thinking and study abroad.  Specifically, Generation Study Abroad Summit attendees were asked to participate in the Generation Study Abroad Design Thinking Challenge and answer the question "How do we rebrand and modernize study abroad to meet our goal [of doubling the number of U.S. students who study abroad]?

Throughout the Summit, attendees will be introduced to Design Thinking tools of:

  • Empathy Building
  • Idea Development
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Storytelling

I really liked that The Design Gym and IIE had large cards that allowed attendees to add their ideas. This really added an interesting and collaborative environment to the Summit and one that added great value.  If you are attending the Summit and haven't yet added your thoughts please take a moment and contribute!

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