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NDSU Distance and Continuing Education Announces IDeaspace

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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.

Currently IDeaspace is looking for student interns from various disciplines across the tri-college region, including architecture, art, communication, design, engineering, entrepreneurship, marketing, and programming. Projects include partnerships with Venture Youth Alliance, NDSU University Distinguished Professors, Google Glass Explorer Program, and West Fargo Middle School and High School STEM Program. Interested collaborators are encouraged to reach out to IDeaspace. If you are interested in learning more please visit www.ndsu.edu/dce/ideaspace or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

North Dakota State University is student focused and is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. NDSU Distance and Continuing Education Office offers a diverse selection of online degrees, certificates, and services to encourage lifelong learning. For further information please contact the NDSU Distance and Continuing Education Office at 701-231-7015, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit the website at www.ndsu.edu/dce