On Friday, we celebrated the launch of d.school Academic Director Bernie Roth's latest book "The Achievement Habit". The party featured dinner, drinks, cupcakes, custom tote bags and, of course, copies of the book. Patrick Beaudouin was on hand to take photographs of the celebration planned by our Director of Community Charlotte Burgess-Auburn. Congratulations, Bernie!Read More
It's finals week here at Stanford, so things are pretty quiet at the d.school. The silence, however, does not indicate the absence of activity. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that things are just as active as they were during the height of the quarter. The difference: We're in planning mode. Next quarter, we'll be introducing experience assistants to the team-teaching model at the d.school. Think teaching assistants, except rather than assist with the teaching of the class, they are focused on student experience. What warm-ups should be used, how should the flow of the class go, when and how should the teaching team collect and administer feedback? Ultimately, of course, the experience of the experience assistant will be determined by the dynamic of the teaching team they join, the class topic and, of course, the students.Read More
Stanford University is participating in #GivingTuesday for the first time this week. The idea of #GivingTuesday is simple: We have a day for giving thanks – Thanksgiving. We have two for getting deals - Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back and reclaiming the true spirit of the holidays.Read More
Courses at the d.school may be popular, but here's one assumption the teaching teams and staff never make: every student needs to take a d.school class.
This means students don't sell us on why they should be in classes at the d.school. On the contrary, we sell the courses to them. This sale comes in the form of Pitch Night -- an evening dedicated to introducing Stanford students to the array of courses available at the d.school. Both full-quarter, two-quarter and short-form (or "pop-up") classes are presented with the goal of making a memorable sale -- or pitch -- to the students assembled.Read More
Berlin-Tegel Airport is humming at 5:45AM. The coffee in my cup is hot and strong (visit Marché, should you ever find yourself at Gate D72). The rocket fuel helps me to clarify the last 72 hours, which have taken me from San Francisco to Paris, from Paris to Berlin and now back to Paris.
I have a very good reason to be in Paris. The French-American Foundation has a remarkable Young Leaders program, which makes possible a regular cultural exchange between French and American professionals over the course of two years. I was fortunate enough to be named a Young Leader in 2014, making me eligible to take part in this year’s gathering in Paris and Bordeaux.Read More