Reinhold Steinbeck, learning designer and international educational development specialist from Stanford University, opened this year's Summer Faculty Institute at the University of Delaware on June 1. Steinbeck presented his keynote address, â€œDesign Thinking as a Learning Process: Building Innovation Capacity and Creative Competence within a Global Context,â€ to an audience of approximately 100.
Before Steinbeck spoke, Paul Hyde, event coordinator, told the audience, â€œWe're trying a number of new things at this year's event. Most importantly, this program is based entirely on UD faculty proposals.â€
Hyde and his colleagues in UD's Information Technologies Academic Technology Services (IT-ATS) entered all session titles into an online analysis tool called Wordle. Patterns then emerged based on how often a word occurred.
â€œWhen you ask UD faculty to talk about teaching using technology, the Wordle pattern clearly shows that the central element is students. For our faculty, there's a natural focus on students,â€ Hyde said.