How can we use Human Centered Design to Impact Education?

It starts with putting the student at the center of the experience, as Jessica Mitsch points out in this brief clip. 

Does it sound crazy that we have to go to a physical building and are limited to the knowledge and instruction of the actual humans employed by a single institution, for a period of (in the example of college) two to four YEARS, in order to gain knowledge we might need to gain entry into the workforce and be successful contributing members to society? 

How did we get here? Let us briefly look at the history of the educational institution and human centered design. 200 years ago, yes, I said 200 years ago, it made sense for some of these practices to be put into place. 

Knowledge was centralized in the heads of few, not many. Writings and other documents that conveyed wisdom and knowledge were gathered and collected centrally in buildings e.g. libraries. Travel was difficult so it only made sense to provide lodging for those wanting to pursue learning and knowledge. In these very simplistic terms, the education system DID put the student at the center of the process by making it easy for them to live and convene in and around where knowledge and teaching were located. 

Much has changed in the last 200 years, but some would argue that the overall process for higher ed has not changed as much as would be required to stay up with the needs of today’s student. It is time to consider an overall experience overhaul. 


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