Papers & Articles

Hybrid Pedagogy

presented at the UCDA Conference at Virginia Tech 2012

Several years ago, business leaders coined the term “design thinking” as a method for companies to implement innovative approaches addressing both internal and external problems and goals. Corporate structures are relying on designers for guidance about how they can better understand and utilize the innovation process. One day our students will be looking to join design firms such as IDEO, Smart, Continuum, Ziba, Jump, and Google, companies that are looked to as cutting edge. Unfortunately, our curriculums are not designed to prepare students in the complex thinking skills these companies are seeking. Many of the companies that our students will one day work for, have yet to be established. So designing a pedagogical approach to advance student skills to the level needed to meet the needs of the future will be a challenge. Our present formulas, theories and practices are totally inadequate.