Ideation. Root Cause Analysis. Idea/solution validation.
15 min / 30 min
Brainstorming can be used throughout the entire development of digital social impact course development/implementation, but is particularly relevant at the beginning of a project, when students are researching their project challenge.
Students with partner / users
Could be done via Mural, Padlet or Jamboard
1 In groups, have the students formulate their problem or project goal as a phrase starting with “How might we …”, e.g.: “How might we improve the fundraising opportunities for this charity?”
Then present the brainstorming rules (Source: D.school, Stanford University):
3 Students should now begin by jotting ideas down on Post-its either in person or digitally via a tool like Padlet for example. Provide a time limit (5 minutes, for example), so they don’t over sensor themselves.
4 Repeat the brainstorming round a few times, but with a maximum of 45 minutes in total.