Design Thinking: rapid prototyping for developing new research areas

As researchers are increasingly asked to demonstrate different elements of impact of their research, identifying the potential areas of impact at the outset will enable better communication.

Identifying and refining potential research questions is a creative
process which is strengthened by considering the kinds of user /stakeholders who may be affected by the outcomes of the research as part of the idea

Design Thinking is a creative, action learning process with a focus on the
groups of people who will be impacted by the research. It is an open source
process, originally developed in Stanford, that has been heavily promoted and integrated into many areas of academic life.

This is a series of 3 linked lunchtime workshops which will use design thinking to help you to rapidly develop and test prototypes..

At the end of this participants will have:

- Understood the principles and key steps in the Design Thinking process – Practiced using the rapid prototyping process for generating and testing
research ideas – Explored how to identify and interview potential user and stakeholder groups – Practiced generating ideas around needs/wants of this user group – Iterate and tested the prototype research question developed

Series of 3 lunchtime workshops: participants are expected to attend all three in order to develop and test out their ideas in between each classroom session. The two additional sessions take place:
Wed Feb 22 2017 12:30 to 14:00
Wed Mar 08 2017 12:30 to 14:00