Teamwork during SCA111 SCA111 uses engaged learning and hands-on experiences to teach teamwork and process.

About MDC

A network of people and experiences emphasizing multi-disciplinary collaboration, design thinking, and experiential learning.

___

Summary Description
The Miami Design Collaborative, led by the College of Creative Arts, is a multi-disciplinary design initiative at Miami University that brings together students and faculty from throughout campus to develop expertise in design thinking and to implement that knowledge through complex, team-based, problem-solving experiences. Existing design-based experiences and new initiatives have the opportunity to cluster together under one umbrella to position, promote and clarify relationships and opportunities.

___

Background
The Miami Design Collaborative was established in 2009. The Collaborative reports to the Deans of Miami’s five divisions (College of Arts & Science; College of Engineering and Computing; College of Education, Health & Society; College of Creative Arts; and the Farmer School of Business, with the College of Creative Arts being the lead division. MDC is led by a director and steering committee with representatives from disciplines across the university.

___

From Silos to Integration
The depth and rigor of disciplinary learnings are of critical importance, but many of the creative solutions to our most pressing problems often involve interdisciplinary efforts that require both a knowledge of and ability to communicate with people trained in other disciplines. The evolution of many innovative, leading-edge programs require this type of integration. The Miami Design Collaborative, focused on design thinking, will integrate faculty and students in every academic division into a “networked” curriculum. This initiative transforms the practice of teaching and learning by providing the foundation and context to:

  • Experience design process and development through complex, team-based, project-solving learning.
  • Engage with industry and organizations outside of Miami University’s physical boundaries.
  • Extend traditional disciplines by building theory and practice on disciplinary/multi-disciplinary frontiers.

___

Promotion and Extension
The Miami Design Collaborative provides an increased opportunity for the “packaging” of existing design projects/courses that are multi-disciplinary, team-based experiences stressing iterative problem-solving. It has been difficult to achieve national and international recognition for this innovative work, even though much of it has been going on for years. Packaging these courses/projects under one umbrella, while allowing them to maintain their unique identities, increases their promotional impact and clarifies opportunities to connect faculty and students, enhance existing projects, and create new experiences.

___

Unique Features

  • Multi-disciplinarity: crosses departmental and divisional frontiers across the entire university structure.
  • Faculty: participating professors will represent every division of a university. Such broad faculty participation is striking and unique.
  • Experience: driven by design-based projects and hands-on experience in iterative process.
  • Structure: managed by a Director, the initiative receives strategic leadership from an internal steering team, Deans, and external industry partners.

___

MDC Student Characteristics

Intuitive

  • Strong EQ
  • Political Savvy
  • Diplomatic

Flexible

  • Open-mindedness
  • Flexibility of approach – can be a leader or follower

Communicator

  • Strong verbal communicator
  • Universal translator

Collaborator/Connector

  • Disciplinary moderator
  • Boundary spanner
  • Gives/receives critique

Curious

  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Life-long learner
  • Attentiveness
  • Generates insightful questions

Problem-solver

  • Systems approach
  • Understanding/use of methodology
  • Researcher

Disciplinary Expert

  • Strong “vertical bar”
  • Ability to communicate disciplinary theory
  • Excellence in disciplinary knowledge/skills
Skip to Page Content

This is your world. Shape it or someone else will. - Gary Lew

A network of people and experiences emphasizing multi-disciplinary collaboration, design thinking, and experiential learning.

  • MDC
    MDC

    Miami Design Collaborative

    We are a multi-disciplinary design initiative at Miami University that brings together students and faculty from throughout campus to develop expertise in design thinking and to implement that knowledge through complex, team-based, problem-solving experiences.

    223 Hiestand Hall
    Oxford, OH 45056
    513-529-1407
    peg.faimon@miamioh.edu