The iLab Process

In the iLab students will dive directly into a human-centered design process by being presented with a current real-world problem. By going through various iterations of the process they will try to find the real roots of the problems, the needs of the affected people and create a solution that will meet these needs and create value for the users. Throughout the design process the students apply user research methods to gain a deeper knowledge about the users and find insights about their ways of thinking, their behavior and their need in general. Creative and visual methods will accompany the students the whole process, allowing them to look at the problems and solutions from different perspectives and holistically.

Two gates will take place where students have to pitch their solutions and prototypes to judges from different professional fields, giving them the chance to get constructive feeback to further develop their solution or rethink their approaches. Also these gates will decide which problems/solutions will get further in the process or drop out. So after Gate 1 and 2 there will be new formations of the teams to continue working on possible solutions.


Skills of a Future Professional

In the 21st century companies and organizations are looking for professionals that can offer a great set of different competences and skills. The iLab creates a learning environment that will help students gain and train those skills in a very practical and self-determined way. Confidence, self-directed behavior as well as being active as a professional and concerned about global issues shape the character of the future professional.

By going through a human-centered design process the students will learn to think more innovative and work creatively, balancing their intuitive and analytic thinking. They will train to think critical and responsible at the same time. Working in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams and using design research methods to get to know the end-users and their needs the students will have the possibility to deepen their communication and collaboration competences in various facets. And throughout the process it is important that the students apply their disciplinary knowledge and further develop it.

As the process, as any design process, has iterations the students will be encouraged and trained to reflect on their way of working and their handling of different situations. This will help them to develop and deepen their self-knowledge and self-awareness.



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