Cohorts and cultures: developing future design thinkers

Hardy, Dianna, Myers, Trina, and Sankupellay, Mangalam (2018) Cohorts and cultures: developing future design thinkers. In: Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Computing Education Conference. pp. 9-16. From: ACE2018: 20th Australasian Computing Education Conference, 30 January - 2 February 2018, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Design Thinking (DT) is a required skill of computing graduates according to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). However, according to the 2016 AIIA work ready skills survey there is a job-ready skills gap between the industry expectations of design thinking skills and the ICT graduate capabilities in Australia. Design thinking applies methods that focus on problem-solving, ideating, and iterating in small bursts with continual feedback from users/stakeholders. This paper describes how an Australian university has embedded DT into the core of a Bachelor of Information Technology degree in a way that not only scaffolds DT skill sets across the three-year degree but creates a culture of design thinking. This DT ‘strand’ involves a two-day sprint that includes every year level as a mixed cohort. This paper presents the implementation of the DT strand and the industry-driven two-day sprint.

Item ID: 52650
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-4503-6340-2
Keywords: design thinking, design sprint, employability
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Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 03:06
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction @ 20%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 80%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences @ 20%
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