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Session One – Empathy

This week’s design challenges will give you an opportunity to practice your collaboration skills. In the “Do” section below, we are asking you to take a deep dive around the object you have selected from Object Story – Part One. (If you have not completed this assignment yet, please do so ASAP so that you can begin work on Part Two of this design challenge). We will be assigning you to small teams in order to complete Object Story – Part Two.   You will need to choose a partner from within your assigned small team in order to complete the 5 Times Why design challenge. Together, in your pair, you will help each other to take this deep inquiry. The rules of the game are quite easy: you will ask each other the same question 5 times consecutively. That might ...

Exercise – 5 Times Why

5 Times Why in 5 steps Exercise Step 1: Review the Directions for Object Story – Part Two This design challenge will be completed in tandem with Object Story – Part Two. In last week’s introductory design challenge Object Story – Part One, you began the process for starting your prototype. In that challenge you were asked to choose a short story or novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes and select one specific object that you would like to tell a story about from your chosen Sherlock Holmes passage. You should have your Object Story – Part One submission as a jumping off point for this design challenge. You’re going to need a partner from your small team for this exercise. Step 2: Coordinate with your teammates in order to pair up to c...

A Word About Methodology – EDIT

The foundation of this MOOC is based on a methodology for creating collaborative design spaces. Developed by FreedomLab and expanded by Learn Do Share, the EDIT process has four distinct parts:  EMPATHY; DEFINE; IDEATE; and TEST. The first four weeks of the collaboration will use the EDIT methodology to prepare you for work on the Request for Prototype (RFP) in distributed teams across geographic boundaries, language boundaries, creative and skill boundaries, etc. Exercises such as “5 Times Why”, practicing nonjudgmental feedback, and using appreciative inquiry will ground the theories presented in the lecture content. More about the RFP can be found in Hackpad on the page entitled, “Sherlock Global Challenge RFP” here. Then, in the following six weeks, we will delv...

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