NDSU Distance and Continuing Education Announces IDeaspace
Posted on Apr, 16 2014
Distance and Continuing Education announces IDeaspace at North Dakota State University. IDeaspace is a student-focused interdisciplinary space that fosters creative confidence and unlocks innovation through design thinking, collaboration and prototyping with creative facilitators. Working with real-world projects gives students, faculty, staff and the community a platform to explore creativity and innovation. Design thinking is a methodology and mindset that offers news ways to be intentional and collaborative when designing, and empowers individuals to be ready to admit failure to create impactful solutions.
“IDeaspace provides students and the community with real-life collaborative experiences while learning and practicing the design thinking methodology through design thinking facilitators, based on Stanford University’s d.school and IDEO’s design thinking methodology and tools.” explains IDeaspace Creative Director Ludvik Herrera, “IDeas stands for innovation and design working with students in engineering, arts, sciences, and other disciplines. We offer a physical collaborative maker space here at NDSU Distance and Continuing Education. The focus is ‘Bias Towards Action’, not only ideation, to pursue human-centered designed solutions that actually work.”
IDeaspace represented North Dakota State University at the recent SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas to explore user experience strategy and design, new technology tools and paradigms, and best practices for interactive design and data visualization. While in Austin, IDeaspace’s design thinkers had a chance to talk and establish relationships with several industry leaders such as Jeff Branson, education technology leader at SparkFun; Jeff Freeland Nelson, founder and CEO of Play From Scratch; Georgette Yakman, founder of STEAM Education, and many others. A follow-up session to share their experience, some takeaways, and new ideas that can be implemented in the Fargo-Moorhead community is being held on the NDSU campus on April 30th at 1:00pm in the NDSU Memorial Union Meadow-Lark room.