Redesigning Professional Learning Space (4. EXPERIMENTATION: I have an…
Redesigning Professional Learning Space
: I have a challenge.
How do I approach it?
1.b. Define Challenges:
Survey teachers about their dreams and gripes - ask where and how they work best.
Find places of inspiration.
: I learned something.
How do I interpret it?
2.a. Listen to stories:
Interview teachers for their point of view. Learn what motivates them and frustrates them. Look for themes.
2.b. Frame opportunities:
How might we...? Keep it focused on responding to user-driven insight and discoveries.
2.c. Create a visual reminder:
Sketch or create a visual of our insights.
: I see an opportunity.
What do I create?
3.a. Group brainstorming session:
Invite diverse group of 6-10 people, including district and site administrators and teachers representing different grade levels. Have participants sketch/write ideas on sticky notes.
3.b. Selecting Promising Ideas:
Cluster related ideas and have team pick their 3 favorite ideas. Pick one of the favorite ideas and flush out concept through quick one or two quick sketches.
3.c. Refine and describe the idea:
Find the value of the idea. Make a list of challenges and barriers. Describe the idea/concept in one sentence. Answer the following questions: How does it work? What needs or opportunities does the concept address? Who does it involve? What do we hope to learn more about through prototyping this idea?
: I have an idea.
How do I build it?
4.a. Make prototypes:
4.b. Get feedback:
Provide variety of ways to receive feedback from teachers. List goals for feedback. Decide - what should we keep, increase, and decrease/stop?
4.c. Integrate feedback and reflect:
Review - what was the original intent of the concept? According to our feedback, what is most important to making our idea a success? How might we improve our prototype? Discuss features to iterate.
4.d. Identify what's needed:
List the materials needed to build our refined concept. What is available? What do we need to buy? Create a timeline to decide how long it will take to bring this concept to life in a more refined way?
: I tried something.
How do I evolve it?
5.a. Track learnings:
Define success by reviewing the original goals. What is the impact we are looking for? Choose how ew will track and measure the success of our design solution. Document progress.
5.b. Engage others:
Plan next steps and who is responsible for each task. Write any open questions. Create a timeline, including a deadline for evolving this concept.
Pitch the concept. Build partnerships to help evolve our idea/concept.
5.c. Share our story. Remember our process. Build a community.
Capture photos and quotes.