Future(s) Project Showcase at TLISI

On Monday, May 18, in partnership with Teaching and Learning Summer Institute (TLISI), Designing the Future(s) of the University showcased six forward-thinking experiments.  On this rainy afternoon, faculty poured into the newly built Healey Student Family Center which was soon buzzing with conversations about the bigger questions framing the work we do within the Designing the Future(s) of the University Initiative. The room was set up as an interactive design studio-space.

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The inner circle of the room featured experiments that have developed in partnership with The Red House. The following projects were included in the showcase:

  1. ImpactTag
  2. Digital Badging
  3. Studio-Collaborative
  4. Writing, Design, & Communication Minor
  5. Challenges in Childhood and Society
  6. BA/Masters in Social Justice Communication

Learn more about each project here.



The outer wave of the room featured a ring of larger questions we explore within the Designing the Future(s) of the University Initiative. Attendees were invited examine the following questions and add their comments to the boards provided at the event:

  • What could be possible if the undergraduate degree were no longer the standard four years?
  • What does it look like to create knowledge and serve the common good in an integrative curriculum?
  • If we got rid of majors, minors and certificates, what would take their place?
  • What would it take to have more credit-bearing experiential learning opportunities as part of a transformative education?
  • What would be possible if we moved beyond the “one-size-fits-all “semester?


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Responses were recorded and the Designing the Future(s) of the University Team is excited to explore the ideas generated during the data capture.

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