EC.S09 D-Lab: Education & Learning

D-Lab: Education & Learning

Explores learning in the international development context and how innovative approaches and researched best practices can overcome challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy.

With an emphasis on experiential and project-based learning, this class explores core concepts and skills to nurture creativity in youth and develop interactive educational tools around design thinking, foundational literacy and numeracy, science and engineering, livelihood applications and more. Students collaborate on projects with partner communities and regional innovation centers through empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing together while receiving feedback from analogous users, peers, and mentors.

Fieldwork opportunities available in the summer.

Course Information
Instructors: Libby Hsu
Semester Offered: Spring (Offered since 2013)
Lecture Location: N51-310  (First session meets in R Feb 4)
Lecture Times: TR 3-5
Units (credit hours) 2-2-5
Class Size: 25 students
Grading: A/B/C/D/F
Course Student Projects
2013Atomic Bingo Transistor OrigamiPrototypes of low-cost, physically intuitive models of atomic structure and transistors designed with teachers in New Longoro, Ghana
Bidirectional Learning With Global PeersDigital exchange connecting the Advent School in Boston and the Avani School in Uttarakhand, India
InnovaTZ!Educational videos supporting innovation and invention in Tanzania
Luz del FuturoWorkshops empowering waste-pickers to develop public speaking, mathematics, and entrepreneurship skills in Bluefields, Nicaragua
MakerEDUPrimary school educational modules teaching creativity through design in suburban Massachusetts (Weston) and rural Uganda (Kasiisi) #candoattitude!
The Lenana ProjectFour week STEM camp working with teachers to develop hands-on projects in Lenana, an urban slum in Kenya