Designing a Plan for Lifelong Learning with Miami Alumni
Thirty Georgetown alumni and guests gathered at the LAB Miami (http://thelabmiami.com/), a coworking space in the Miami arts district of Wynwood, on the evening of May 14, 2014, to imagine what the university learning environment could look like by 2030. Vice Provost for education Randy Bass and Michael Wang (B’07) of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation facilitated this “design lab,” building upon similar events held in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Austin, Texas, as part of the Designing the Future(s) of the University initiative.
This design lab challenged participants to imagine: what would it mean to be enrolled at Georgetown for life?
Bass and Wang facilitated a collaborative and design-based approach to conceptualize possibilities; participants formed small teams for brainstorming and visually representing their ideas before bringing those ideas back to the whole group for feedback and discussion.
As in previous design labs, this three-part experimental design session also challenged those in attendance to describe what it means to be a wholly-formed learner in terms of values, dispositions and abilities; to imagine the future learning environment in light of new technologies and global pressures; and to design a problem-centered degree that uses the academic curriculum to tackle authentic problems existing in society beyond the university campus. Building on these conversations, participants then addressed the question of lifelong learning, positing what different types of involvement for alumni could exist.
These design labs enable the university to engage alumni across the nation, helping Georgetown to better understand their needs and perspectives, and to use these ideas as guidance on the path to imagine, design, and implement a higher impact Georgetown curriculum that also extends beyond the traditional four years at the university.