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Learning Lab with Duncan of Jordanstone

I love Dundee, always have and always will. I teamed up with Hazel White, Mike Press and Gillian Easson to deliver a Hyper Island Learning Lab with Duncan of Jordonstone in Dundee. You can read about our other Learning Labs here and here.  Dundee_Learning_Lab_Hyperisland_UX

The world is changing and at Hyper Island we talk a lot about how this is affecting how and why we learn. We believe in the idea of 'learning how to learn' and we use a framework called The Learning Spiral.

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The Learning Spiral  is the process of learning new skills, knowledge, behaviours where knowledge is continuously gained through both personal and environmental experiences. This is captured in the framework of Act, Think, Reflect.
The first activity of the event was sketching out our ideal day of creative learning.  To help the participants gain genuine knowledge from the experience they were reflecting on, we posed the following questions:

What are you learning?

Who are you with?

Where are you?

How do you feel?

How did your day end?

How did your day begin?

What can you see, feel, hear and touch?

What actions are you taking?

What tools are you using ( digital and / or analogue? )

What talents and skills are you using?

Who will you share this learning with?

Who inspires you to learn?

What did you learn today and what will you differently tomorrow?

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By following a framework for learning your ability to learn and share your learning increases. It helps you to achieve a higher level of creativity and productivity. The Learning Spiral is made up of:

A new experience of situation is encountered, or a reinterpretation of existing experience

REFLECT (Observation Reflection)

Reflection upon the new experience; of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.

GENERALIZE (Abstract Conceptualization)

Reflection gives rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept.

APPLY (Active Experimentation)

The learner applies them to the world around them to see what results.

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We then heard from Hazel White who is the former course director of Master of Design for Service and is now the Director of Open Change. She talked through what she has learned from teaching design for the past 20 years.

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My biggest take away was Hazel's advice to anyone on a learning journey to stay strong if you are referred to as a 'trouble maker' and realise that you are in fact a radical.

Check out her slides below...

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Mike Press is a Professor of Design at Duncan of Jordonstone and also works at Open Change, he talked us through his vision for the future of education and shared powerful stories from this year's Global Service Jam.

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My biggest take away was Mike's description of designers: tomorrow's design leader is a resourceful social expert who crafts change co-operatively. Check out his slides below...

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Gillian Easson, who is the founder of Creative Dundee, talked us through how she is using design and creativity as a tool to make change happen in the city of Dundee.

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My biggest take away was Gillian's reminder of how important it is to be a translator between sectors, spaces, disciplines, worlds... barriers are harmful. Oh, and always stay in touch with those who help you out in the beginning. Amen to that! You can see Gillian's slides below:

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We then introduced the participants to a tool we use at Hyper Island called the 5 steps. This encourages you to map out five concrete action steps you are going to take to reach your ultimate goal. In this instance, the ultimate goal was the one thing we wanted to learn.

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The room was full of a wide range of goals: from developing communication skills, learning basic coding, type design and java script. We initiated some skill sharing too as there were people in the room with the skills that others wanted to learn.

Our session ended with Stinky Fish. What's a stinky fish?  We invited everyone to write down the one thing they know is stopping them from taking one of their five steps.

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The students are running a project with a dinosaur called Baxter, so it seemed fitting to end our day with a group picture for Baxter!

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A massive thank you to each and every one of you who took part. Our check out at the end was full of energy, motivation and optimism which made me very happy. Hat tip to Gillian, Mike and Hazel for making it awesome and being such a pleasure to work with.

P.S Readers please don't hesitate to let me know if you'd like to run a Learning Lab with me.

Learning Lab with Duncan of Jordanstone

I love Dundee, always have and always will. I teamed up with Hazel White, Mike Press and Gillian Easson to deliver a Hyper Island Learning Lab with Duncan of Jordonstone in Dundee. You can read about our other Learning Labs here and here.  Dundee_Learning_Lab_Hyperisland_UX

The world is changing and at Hyper Island we talk a lot about how this is affecting how and why we learn. We believe in the idea of 'learning how to learn' and we use a framework called The Learning Spiral.

IMG_4529

The Learning Spiral  is the process of learning new skills, knowledge, behaviours where knowledge is continuously gained through both personal and environmental experiences. This is captured in the framework of Act, Think, Reflect.
The first activity of the event was sketching out our ideal day of creative learning.  To help the participants gain genuine knowledge from the experience they were reflecting on, we posed the following questions:

What are you learning?

Who are you with?

Where are you?

How do you feel?

How did your day end?

How did your day begin?

What can you see, feel, hear and touch?

What actions are you taking?

What tools are you using ( digital and / or analogue? )

What talents and skills are you using?

Who will you share this learning with?

Who inspires you to learn?

What did you learn today and what will you differently tomorrow?

IMG_4427

By following a framework for learning your ability to learn and share your learning increases. It helps you to achieve a higher level of creativity and productivity. The Learning Spiral is made up of:

A new experience of situation is encountered, or a reinterpretation of existing experience

REFLECT (Observation Reflection)

Reflection upon the new experience; of particular importance are any inconsistencies between experience and understanding.

GENERALIZE (Abstract Conceptualization)

Reflection gives rise to a new idea, or a modification of an existing abstract concept.

APPLY (Active Experimentation)

The learner applies them to the world around them to see what results.

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We then heard from Hazel White who is the former course director of Master of Design for Service and is now the Director of Open Change. She talked through what she has learned from teaching design for the past 20 years.

IMG_4418

My biggest take away was Hazel's advice to anyone on a learning journey to stay strong if you are referred to as a 'trouble maker' and realise that you are in fact a radical.

Check out her slides below...

[slideshare id=45759429&w=476&h=400&sc=no]

Mike Press is a Professor of Design at Duncan of Jordonstone and also works at Open Change, he talked us through his vision for the future of education and shared powerful stories from this year's Global Service Jam.

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My biggest take away was Mike's description of designers: tomorrow's design leader is a resourceful social expert who crafts change co-operatively. Check out his slides below...

[slideshare id=45759608&w=476&h=400&sc=no]

Gillian Easson, who is the founder of Creative Dundee, talked us through how she is using design and creativity as a tool to make change happen in the city of Dundee.

IMG_4420

My biggest take away was Gillian's reminder of how important it is to be a translator between sectors, spaces, disciplines, worlds... barriers are harmful. Oh, and always stay in touch with those who help you out in the beginning. Amen to that! You can see Gillian's slides below:

[slideshare id=45759951&w=476&h=400&sc=no]

We then introduced the participants to a tool we use at Hyper Island called the 5 steps. This encourages you to map out five concrete action steps you are going to take to reach your ultimate goal. In this instance, the ultimate goal was the one thing we wanted to learn.

IMG_4428

IMG_4429

The room was full of a wide range of goals: from developing communication skills, learning basic coding, type design and java script. We initiated some skill sharing too as there were people in the room with the skills that others wanted to learn.

Our session ended with Stinky Fish. What's a stinky fish?  We invited everyone to write down the one thing they know is stopping them from taking one of their five steps.

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The students are running a project with a dinosaur called Baxter, so it seemed fitting to end our day with a group picture for Baxter!

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A massive thank you to each and every one of you who took part. Our check out at the end was full of energy, motivation and optimism which made me very happy. Hat tip to Gillian, Mike and Hazel for making it awesome and being such a pleasure to work with.

P.S Readers please don't hesitate to let me know if you'd like to run a Learning Lab with me.

Studio Unbound V

This week I traveled to Dundee to present Studio Unbound to the Masters of Design students,  as well as some Design Ethnography Master students. This is my  fifth Studio Unbound session and this time I invited James Porteous to join me via skype. James is a designer from Glasgow school of Art, studying on the Product Design course, with interests ranging from traditional areas of the subject, through to aspects such as service and interaction design. Outside of this, he works as a photographer, covering sports, news, music for various publications and clients, both online and off. James was in the audience at Studio Unbound II - shortly after attending , he wrote:

"So, I guess you could say I was skeptical of what I was going to learn (Sorry!), but the whole thing was very convincing. The depth of their arguments was engaging, and the discussion after the talk was as useful as the presentation itself. Looking at the numbers of people from the evening who are now embarking on blogging and micro-blogging, it’s plain to see that the event hit the mark."

He now twitters, keeps a blog and has an individual project blog. Sarah and me have been watching from afar and it is so brilliant to see that James has interpreted our talk in his own way and is clearly getting something out of it! In one project blog alone he has written over 10,ooo words which he admits would not have happened if it had not been for his digital platform.

James was brilliant and provided yet another perspective to what the Studio Unbound can achieve. The audience asked some great questions like "Do you have methods for this stuff?". Well, at the moment we have methods set up to run one to one Studio Unbound sessions with students to prepare them in lots of different ways for embracing the digital world. Our next step will be developing tools to capture what we do and evidence to prove it works.

A conclusion that came of out of the discussion was "Never tell anyone you are a student unless you are asked." Yes - you study ethnography but you are still an ethnographer. One student remarked "This can clearly lead to brain overload" and of course she was right! James rightly put it saying "There is so much to be said for switching off "...

Keep up with the Studio Unbound conversation and welcome new comers here.