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Design Thinking – Using Design Thinking to Promote Innovation in Assessment and Curriculum Redesign

Design Thinking – Using Design Thinking to Promote Innovation in Assessment and Curriculum Redesign

Helen Chen

Director of ePortfolio Initiatives in the Office of the University Registrar, Stanford

Date: March 15, 2017

Location: MLC 372

Overview

How can the principles and mindsets of design thinking inspire creative approaches to how we document, assess, and communicate learning?  In this workshop, we will engage in activities and techniques developed by Stanford University’s d.school (http://dschool.stanford.edu/) and collectively brainstorm strategies for how we can incorporate and apply these methods in our own design work and practice.

About the Speaker

Helen L. Chen is the Director of ePortfolio Initiatives in the Office of the University Registrar and a research scientist in the Designing Education Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.  She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her PhD in Communication with a minor in Psychology from Stanford University.  Helen is a co-founder of EPAC, an ePortfolio community of practice, and serves as a board member for the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning and a co-executive editor for the International Journal of ePortfolio. She has collaborated with the Association of American Colleges and Universities on a variety of higher education and assessment-related initiatives and is a co-author of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors.  Her current research and scholarship focus on engineering and entrepreneurship education; the pedagogy of portfolios and reflective practice in higher education; and redesigning how learning is represented in traditional transcripts and academic credentials.