Divergent Thinking and HCI Classes

On the first day of each HCI course I teach, I consistently do one thing – I show the video, “Changing Education Paradigms” by Sir Ken Robinson. My rational for having my students view this video is three fold:


[a] Sir Robinson clearly illustrates current educational philosophy while we generate students for a wildly unpredictable global job market;

[b] He outlines research data that supports and highly values divergent thinking as being paramount not only in leveraging creativity but also in how it could shape and personalize student success; and

[c] The execution of the video itself is a brilliant example of story-boarding – a key topic in our HCI interaction design classwork.

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