The Higher Ed Redesign Initiative--a developing collaborative venture of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education, and the College of Design--explores ways to transform higher education to meet the needs of students, the workforce, and society. The project is founded on "design thinking for social innovation," which employs design tools to create new prototypes to address persistent problems in higher education.
A hands-on design thinking workshop was held on October 11, 2012 where participants learned about the design process and applying it to create more equitable, affordable, and high quality higher education. The following article was posted in the MN Daily highlighting this event.
"There's pretty strong interest in the idea that this old order is ending here in terms of what higher ed looks like," said David Weerts, co-director of the University's Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education
The center -- part of the College of Education and Human Development -- spearheaded the initiative and is partnering with the College of Design and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
The initiative is an effort to use design thinking to re-imagine different aspects of higher education that are often taken for granted.
One-hundred people attended the event and more than 50 were on the waiting list, Weerts said. Participants split into 12 groups, and each worked on one of four challenges.