Design Thinking for IR and Everyone - An Interactive Experience

September 15-15, 2021
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Workshop: September 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

In recent years, design thinking has become a useful and popular tool for tackling challenges in higher education and other fields. The design thinking process provides a framework for action, and attempts to address the needs of all stakeholders—particularly those that tend to be left out of decision-making conversations—creating a potential for solutions that are innovative and fully address the issue. 

Participants in this workshop will be divided into teams and presented with a realistic scenario involving the strategic use of data at a university. You will work with your team through the design thinking process, working on skills like brainstorming, facilitation, and prototyping. This highly-interactive virtual workshop will give participants a foundational understanding of design thinking techniques and introduce new methods for collaboratively solving institutional research and university problems. 

This workshop is intended for institutional researchers looking for an introduction to design thinking, as well as anyone interested in learning about new problem-solving and facilitation techniques. Prior experience is not necessary, but participants might find it helpful to first attend the AIR webinar, “A First Look at Design Thinking."

Participants of this workshop will:
  • Gain a foundational understanding of design thinking. 
  • Practice using various tools and processes that can be used to solve problems or facilitate problem-solving at their institution. 
  • Be challenged to think creatively about processes involving the use of data in institutional research. 

  • Registration closes September 13, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Space is limited to 20 participants. Seating is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • $200/$250 (members/nonmembers)
Event Type(s): Virtual Workshop Workshop
Event Topic: Institutional Effectiveness
Experience Level: Beginner
Length of Event: 5 hours
Date(s): September 15-15, 2021
Cutoff Date: Sep 13, 2021
Instructor/Presenter: Allison Reilly, Data Graphic Designer, Boston College; Daniel Riehs, Associate Director, Information Systems, Boston College