CEDER researchers engage in “design thinking” activities and workshops to help develop educational resources, such as schools developing new learning materials or museums exploring the use of different kinds of technologies to support learning activities within exhibits.
Examples of CEDER Design Projects
University of Michigan/University of Puerto Rico Outreach Collaboration
The collaborative project between the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, and the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (UPR) is designed to create spaces for conversations about new research and curriculum development projects among professors, graduate and undergraduate students, and school teachers from Puerto Rico. The CEDER Design Coordinator works with participating graduate students throughout a K-16 professional and curriculum development symposium at UPR to transform components of their research into instructional materials for secondary teachers. Two comprehensive, thematic educational toolkits have been developed. The 2018 symposium education toolkit includes six lessons on the theme of Political Tensions and Identity in a Globalized World. The resource set for the 2019 event includes 10 lessons that address the theme of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism across Borders. An additional set of resources will be developed for the 2020 symposium. These materials are free and downloadable at the program site.
The General Education Leadership Network (GELN) of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) is organizing the development of sets of aligned instructional practices for literacy development across the P-12 grade span. The Design Coordinator at CEDER has been working as one of the lead researchers, and as a member of the leadership team of the secondary education level initiative, to develop and disseminate the document directed at grades 6-12. This set of instructional practices is meant to drive teacher professional learning around literacy statewide with the longer term of goal of improving students’ literate proficiencies across content areas and academic domains over time.
Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking , MOOC
In partnership with U-M’s Academic Innovations office, Educational Studies professor Chris Quintana and Darin Stockdill, design coordinator of CEDER, helped to develop a new massive, open, online course (MOOC), titled Problem Solving Using Computational Thinking. In this course, which was developed in part of high school students interested in learning more about computational thinking, students will discover the many components of computational thinking. These include abstraction, problem identification, decomposition, pattern recognition, algorithms, and evaluating solutions. Students will puzzle through some real-world cases that illustrate how computational thinking can be used to solve complex problems. They will also complete a project that allows them to apply computational thinking to a real-world situation.