Challenge 2011 Overview

Critical Question

If you could reconstruct your high school learning experiences to be design-centered, what would that look like?

The purpose of the Design Learning Challenge is to gain insight into the hearts and minds of college design students today. The goal is to gather feedback and input on recent learning experiences to serve as fodder for two design high schools as they refine their curriculum models. Each participant will develop and submit a Design Learning Integration Plan via an Action Research process with How Humans Learn in mind.

Each Design Learning Integration Plan submitted is showcased on this website, subsequently recognized via links on stakeholder websites, as well as represented at the NOCCA Design Day Event and the IDSA 2011 International Conference in New Orleans, September 14 to 17.

Attendees (design students, educators, and practitioners) of the 2011 IDSA Midwest District Conference were invited to make a difference by participating in the Design Learning Challenge Workshop. During the Design Learning Challenge Workshop, students actively collaborated with practitioners to collectively brainstorm, explore, and reflect on viable ideas and concepts in support of upcoming changes at two "real" design-centered high schools. 

These design and learning integration efforts are linked to IDSA National's ongoing Teaching Design to K-12 Initiative and inspired by a DIY Learning Human-Centered Action Research Study that was presented at the IDSA 2010 International Conference and Education Symposium.