Millennial Thinking: Designing for Problems Outside of the Classroom

Busting out of academic silos, teams of interdisciplinary students from across the University of Portland campus will present their culminating posters, videos, and physical objects from a newly offered course: Business/Communication 391 Design Thinking and Cross-Disciplinary Research. This course draws students from all areas of the university-- Engineering, Business, Nursing, Education, and Arts & Sciences-- and introduces them to design thinking as a lens for applied research, including gap definition, ideation, prototyping, and problem-solving tools adapted from human-centered design. Teams will discuss the skills they have developed as ethnographers, visual thinkers, strategists, and storytellers and how those skills have been applied in order to address real-world problems for organizations within the Portland community.