This course builds upon the knowledge acquired in ENSE 271: People Centred Design, further expanding the understanding of creating valuable, user-friendly, and enjoyable technology user experiences. However, this course takes a broader perspective, focusing on how these experiences impact groups, organizations, cultures, and society at large. Throughout this course, I have evolved it (since 2021) to guide learners in individual project endeavours where they address a specific issue related to one or more of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The emphasis will be on a continuous exploration of solutions using principles and concepts from Agile/Lean methodologies, communities of practice/digital habitats, education and learning strategies, change management, digital literacy, and knowledge management. By the end of the course, each student is expected to have developed at least one minimum viable product (MVP) that contributes to addressing a relevant area within the UN SDGs.
I often refer to this course as “humanity-centred design,” reflecting its focus on creating solutions that benefit and positively influence society.
Featured photo borrowed from Geneva’s UN Development Programme