How would you map a design process? At the K-12 Lab we are always encouraging students and teachers to see beyond a linear, step-driven model of the design processes we teach. Design thinking is guided, but messy—each student project has an unique and individual trajectory.
And there is much to learn from seeing how we got from A to Z.
The Design Dashboard is a companion visualization tool for our online portfolio prototype: d.portfolio. As students upload artifacts related to their design inquires, the upper half of the design dashboard is populated with media. Student reflections on those artifacts will populate the lower half of the dashboard. Educators will be able to add custom prompts and checkpoints to gauge student progress.
The area mapped to each stage of the design process will expand or contract based on the media artifacts and student reflections submitted. Thus, learners will have a quick visual map of where they are in a design project, and will perhaps be able to identify areas where they need to do a little more work. For example, if the ideation stage is skimpy, learners can revisit their work.
While the first iteration of the dashboard is organized by a linear focus/flare graphic, this prototype will open doors for new ways for learners to visualize their journey as design thinkers.
Educators are also excited to adapt the dashboard as a Smartboard template. The files will be available here for your use. Tell us how it goes!