Reinventing Education with Design Thinking

Sabba Quidwai - Designing Schools after I Resigned From Apple

This week I’m sharing an interview I had the pleasure of doing on “Design Cast” a podcast by educator Jason Reagin. Jason is an international educator and hosts a fabulous podcast where he has built a community of educators passionate about integrating design.

In 2018 I returned to the classroom as a learner and joined the Global Executive Ed.D program. After having spent the better part of a decade talking about the reinventing education, I was curious to be a learner and try the experiences I was advocating for first hand. Looking back to 2007 when I had graduated with my Masters and had my first teaching assignment I realize just how unprepared I was for the world of work and how limited my understanding was of existing and emerging technologies. I’ll never forget reading chapter two of Thomas Friedman’s, “Thank You For Being Late” and finally having someone tell me the answer to “what the hell happened in 2007?”

Returning to school in 2018 I had a much stronger social media presence and a more in depth understanding of existing and emerging technologies. This podcast is one of the many experiments that came about as a result. I hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast with Jason on Design Cast.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Why pursuing a doctoral degree was an empathy experiment
  • The research study I did at Design39 Campus on how design thinking can be used to prepare learners with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to thrive in future workplaces and as global citizens
  • How to break the silos in education and design teams that work well together
  • The value of having an. online presence while being a student
  • What I learned students really need from their professors
  • Why cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy

To Learn More

To learn more tap the slideshow below to view highlights from the research.

You can also listen to my interview with Erik Brynjolfsson, co-author of The Second Machine Age and inspiration behind the research.

I’m Sabba.

I believe that the future should be designed. Not left to chance.

Over the past decade, using design thinking practices I've helped schools and businesses create a culture of innovation where everyone is empowered to move from idea to impact, to address complex challenges and discover opportunities. 

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