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.
Then there's Tania Anaissie in the midst of planning for classes this coming winter quarter. Classes at the d.school are scheduled using a complex dance of time, space and resources. There are only so many studios and a growing number of classes. This makes scheduling incredibly important.
Then there's me, up to my ears in sticky notes as I plan for our Redesigning the News Ecosystem class. Somewhere between butcher paper and sharpie markers I hope to find a fun and engaging first draft of my thoughts for the class to share with my team.
My thought process for this planning document was to integrate a schedule alongside the basic information of the class and also to put together a document that was flexible. I also wanted something portable, since resetting the space is a necessity at the d.school. For the most part, I have been making this up as I go along, but I've been doing so in a way that is as out-in-the-open as possible to entice feedback.
Where I am employing a grid, Charlotte Burgess-Auburn (the photographer up until this point in the piece) is employing the Round Method calendar developed by designer David Schellander. She modified it to incorporate events unique to her own macro schedule for the year.
Are you planning for next year? If so, how are you going about it? Let us know in the comments. And special thanks to Charlotte for inspiring this piece and supplying the photographs.