[03 Oct] Innovation in Education: Taking Design Thinking To School & College


Five simple questions drive Design Thinking and many methods for unsticking different problems. See the use of this Innovators’ Compass in two very different courses at Olin College of Engineering: students designing for an elderly person in their community, and designing their own lives. And, see these questions in use across many other educational settings—from primary school to higher education. Try them yourself and consider how you might use these questions with people you teach or mentor

When: Tuesday 3 October 2017, 17:00-18:00

Where: FEB01 Building, Amphitheatre Β224 Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Cyprus

RVSP: c4e@ucy.ac.cy


  •     Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E)
  •     Department of Business Administration, University of Cyprus


  • Ela Ben Ur, Olin College of Engineering: Ela Ben-Ur has worked and co-experimented deeply with organizations and educators interested in design thinking since 2012. One focus of her present experimentation is an Innovators' Compass. Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to co-found of IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders, coach teams and facilitate for clients. Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at pioneering Olin College since 2007. She has offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and Harvard.
    Ela earned BS (1997) and MS (1999) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As a research assistant in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Haptics Group, she developed a force-feedback laparoscopic surgery simulator that been patented and is on display at the MIT museum.
    Her 3- and 5-year old daughters are her inspiration.


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