Posted: December 3rd, 2022

prototype stage

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instructions on the Civic Engagement Project

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.  By now you should also have completed your Project Outline as a part of Unit 2.  For the final project you will complete Step 2 of the instructions.  Make sure your final project submission contains all of the following pieces as described fuller in the Instructions:

1. Finish Ideate Stage

2. Prototype Stage

Civic Engagement Project Instructions:

Design thinking is an important topic and is part of a broader piece of project-based learning in education.


Within design thinking is the idea that we can take a creative yet systematic approach to looking at and solving problems that is more effective.  This is not only being used in the education setting but also by


.  Thus, the objective of this project is to give you transferable real-world skills while combining the topics important within our course.  I hope too that some of your will take the opportunity to choose to work with a partner from the Universite’ de Lorraine.  This is optional but will help you to see what it is like to work in a more global setting.  Online global exchanges became even more important when COVID hit, and many companies were forced to rethink their workforce and workplace.  The skill of being able to work online with teams from different cultures and time zones is now a marketable skill that should not be overlooked.

So, what is design thinking?  I’ll explain it more below in conjunction with the project pieces how we will use it, but first,

read this article to get an overview

Our project will look at broad government and political topics, how they impact our communities and explore how we think each should be addressed.  You will first work through the stages of empathize, define, and ideate on your own to create your topic outline.  Once you have an outline, you will then work with a partner to finish up the ideate piece (brainstorming) and prototype (or solution).  We will unfortunately not do the test stage as this is an online class; however, I will ask you to hypothesis and evaluate what you think the result of a real-world test of your prototype/solution would be. 

Step 1:  You will work individually on step 1.  In this step, you will create a topic outline that considers the stages of empathize, define, and ideate. 

· First, look over the topic choices.

· Second, make sure you have filled out the

Project Selection Form

and received a confirmation from your instructor on your topic and who you will be working with.

· Third, create an outline that contains the following items:

Introduction:  Give me a brief introduction and hook to your topic.  What is your topic about generally? 

Empathy:  Taking your topic into account, research how people feel about your chosen topic and what their experience is.  One way to do this may be to look at polling on the topic or to research articles on the topic.  Whatever approach you take though, your task is to look at the topic from another person’s perspective, not just your own.  The goal is to find out where others are coming from, what they hope to achieve and why, what drives them, and what challenges they face regarding your topic.  Basically, research those impacted and their needs in this stage. 

Define:  Clearly state the needs and problems faced by those impacted by your topic.  Analyze what you found out in the Empathy stage and synthesis your research down to the core issues.  Make sure you have a clear problem statement by the end of this stage as well.

Example Problem Statement:

[Who] needs a way to [what] because [why].

Who is the customer or person you want to help? Who are you focused on? (Be as specific as possible.)

What is the problem? What do they need?

Why is this need important?

Example: People in Sulaymanieh, Iraq, and Charlotte, NC
need a way to charge their electronic devices in remote areas
because there are many remote areas where people frequently lose power.

Ideate:  Take a 360-viewpoint approach.  The goal is to look at all ideas, even if they seem a little out there.  Don’t be judgmental in this step, as the point is to look at as many potential ideas as possible surrounding your topic and to think outside the box.  In this step you are now generating or brainstorming ideas for your problem statement in the Define stage versus just looking at what others think.  I am looking for innovative solutions. 

Optional Videos to View:

Brene Brown on Empathy

The Importance of Empathy

What is Brainstorming? (Ideate)

Step 2:  In step 2, you will begin to work with your partner.   You and your partner will create a presentation (get creative with a poster, podcast, video, etc.).  It will be posted on a Padlet so it cannot be more than 10 minutes in length if a video or audio recording.  If it is a poster, infographic, etc. the expectation is it will be very informative and visually effective in delivering each part of this project, including your problem statement. 

· First, get in contact with your partner by email, etc., or have me help facilitate a Teams meeting online. Fill out the

Partner Work Form

by the end of the day on November 16, 2022.

· Second, finish the
Ideate stage.  In this step you will compare your findings from your outline, finish the Ideate (brainstorming stage) based on your comparisons. 

· Third, complete the
Prototype stage with your partner.  Experiment and decide how best your topic issue could be solved or should be approached to get the best results.  What is your solution?  Make sure you have a succinct solution statement. 

Solution statement example:


Product or Service: Is your solution something someone buys (a product), or something done for someone (a service)?

Target Customer: Who is the person or group you are trying to support?

Need: What is the need of your target customer? What is their problem?

How, Task, or Goal: What will your product or service do for your target customer? How will it help them solve their problem or meet their need?

The portable electronic charger helps
residents of remote areas of Sulaymanieh and Charlotte charge their devices, providing free and reliable access to power for their devices when needed.

· Fourth, you and your partner will create a presentation (get creative with a poster/infographic, podcast, video, etc.).  Your presentation should include a description of your topic and your work on the 4 stages of design thinking:  Empathize, Define, Ideate, and Prototype.  Your final project will be posted on a Padlet so it cannot be more than 10 minutes in length if a video or audio recording.  If it is a poster, infographic, etc. the expectation is it will be very informative and include the 4 stages covered.

· Fifth, post your presentation on our Presentation Padlet.  Be sure to include your name and your partners name in the title of the Padlet.  In the text box of the Padlet, type your problem statement and a brief description of what your solution was. 

· Sixth, comment on at least 2 other postings on the Presentation Padlet.  Use the 3CQ Model we have been using in all our Discussion Boards in this class when commenting.  Replies should be 75 to 100 words in length. 

Step 3:  In this last step, you will work individually again.  Our final stage in design thinking is to Test or try out our solutions.  Again, this is a little tough in an online class so complete the following instead.

· First, go to the Reflection Padlet.

· Second, you now will act as an evaluator of your own research and solution statement.  Post on the Reflection Padlet if you think your solution would work in the real world, and why or why not.  Would you at this point for example reevaluate, redefine, make further adjustments, etc. to your result if given the chance.  Answer why it is important to do the last step of Design Thinking, called
Test.  Has this process changed or helped in anyway how you would approach future projects. 

· Third, comment on at least 2 other postings in the Reflection Padlet.  Use the 3CQ Model we have been using in all our Discussion Boards in this class when commenting.  Replies should be 75 to 100 words in length.


Canvas: Social Media, Politics, and Government Outline

Topic: The Impact of social media on politics and government


· More than half of the global population are active social media users today.

· At least 4.70 billion (59%) of the world population today use social media.

· The year 2022 witnessed at least 227 million new social media users

· The average daily usage is approximately 2 hours and 29 minutes

· In this sense, social media has culminated into an influential tool in politics and government.

· The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate social media’s impacts on politics and government affairs today.

Empathy Stage

· The general belief is that social media has intensified media bias.

· The media bias manifest through story framing to influence the audience comprehension on matters such as racism, classism, and political parties and candidates.

· The bias also manifests through priming, where a person adopts a stance on an issue because of what they read or see in the media. For a case in point, if the audience reads news stories on job losses, failed industries, and outsourcing, only, they will tend to form a negative image of the economy.

Define State

· Numerous media exhibit significantly overt prejudice. However, unconscious bias is more conspicuous because journalists encounter many hurdles to impartiality.

· The solution lies in the journalists overcoming these obstacles. They need this solution because it is among the few feasible ways of curbing media bias.

Ideate Stage

· One feasible solution is publishing only stories or posts from reliable and credible sources.

· Secondly, journalists should avoid or refuse the influence of powerful external forces, usually political forces.


Third, they should also examine their biases using tools, such as the before and after.

In the text box of the Padlet, type your problem statement and a brief description of what your solution was.

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