Design Forge

Design Thinking for Student Learning is Elon’s annual convening of design thinking educators, practitioners and thought leaders. Each year, Design Forge addresses a topic of interest to higher education, strengthens collaboration in the design thinking community and searches for new opportunities for design thinking to enhance student learning.

Design Thinking for Student Learning is Elon’s annual convening of design thinking educators, practitioners, and thought leaders. Each year, Design Forge addresses a topic of interest to higher education, strengthens collaboration in the design thinking community, and searches for new opportunities for design thinking to enhance student learning.

Design Forge this year is a two-day hyflex, interactive, and collaborative convening designed to support your efforts to cultivate participatory placemaking projects with strategies and networks of support.

Check out our new conference site for more information!

Design Forge 2021 Podcast

Who


The conference is for teams from across local, regional, and global places interested in designing participatory place-based curricular projects.

What


An immersive, interactive, and collaborative convening offering strategies and networks of support designed to enhance your projects.

Why


Strengthen collaboration DT communities & search for new opportunities for design thinking to enhance transformational learning

 

When


Thursday, June 3, 2021 & Friday, June 4, 2021 virtually or in the Center for Design Thinking

Event Breakdown

The breakdown of the Design Forge follows Elon By Design’s framework for design thinking, culminating in Community of Practice in Fall ’21.

Frame


June 3: Morning

Cocreating a Shared Vision: Participatory Placemaking Processes

Explore


June 3: Afternoon

Mapping Ecosystems and Exploring Power

Generate


June 4: Morning

Imagining Diverse Outcomes, Building Skills, & Fostering Connections

Prototype


June 4: Afternoon

Collective Strategizing, Journey Mapping, & Tiny Tasking

After the Forge

The Forge will help you develop design strategies, project prototypes, and a network of support for the continuation of your work, including web resources that showcase place-based stories, strategies, & tools. You will walk away with the network of support via monthly convenings via a Participatory Placemaking Community of Practice over the course of the Fall ‘21–Spring ‘22 academic year.

 



  • Design Forge 2018 | DT project-based learning — How might we create ways to use design thinking projects as project-based learning? Feel free to learn more by reading the 2018 Elon_DesignForge2018_Summary
  • Design Forge 2019 |  Learn and teach service design — How might we create better ways for people to learn and teach design thinking and service design?
  • Design Forge 2020 |  Student wellbeing and wellness — How might university design thinking efforts enhance student wellbeing and wellness?

Check out this video from Design Forge 2018