The platform uses the metaphor of an imaginary planet to represent the journey students take to understand, experiment, define, develop and deliver solutions for a design project. The planet platform includes 4 fictitious Continents. Each of these continents represent the 4 phases of the Design Thinking methodology (i.e., ‘Discover’, ‘Define’, ‘Develop’, ‘Deliver’) of the ‘Double Diamond’ model developed by the British Design Council.
Student teams are invited to engage in a co-creative process through the semantics of Continents (phases), Countries (concepts), and Cities (tools) on an e-learning environment (Fig. 1).
Each Continent (phases) includes:
The learning process is based on the principle of gamification and constructionism (i.e., a learning theory). Constructionist learning holds that learning can happen most effectively when people are an active participant in making tangible objects. In this sense, constructionism is also connected with experiential learning and learning-by-doing. Gamification can be regarded as a useful way to let students experience things first-hand and learning-by-playing.
A key resource for the planet platform is an original open-source, authoring system for the creation of digital games called 'Choices with Consequences' or ‘ChoiCo’ games. These games are based on the idea of an avatar navigating amongst the diverse consequences of making choices in situations characterized by complex socio-scientific issues. For example, the demo game ‘Sustainable Textiles’ deals with the issue of making sustainable choices in smart-textile engineering.
Educators and students can play:
Other than the different types of Choico games, students get to practice on mainstream design tools (e.g., ‘Day in the Life’, matrices, charts, SWOT) that are typically used in the design process, as well as, a number of MOOCs or other IT tools as a means of mastering the Design Thinking methodology.
In the three-year plan of the T-Crepe project, two major steps are defined:
In the first step, relevant tools and games for the planet platform are co-developed by the T-Crepe academic and industrial partners. At the end of the first year of the project, we envision a pilot testing in the educational contexts of our T-Crepe academic partners, that is Ghent University (Belgium), Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT, Finland), University of West Attica (UNIWA, Greece) and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA, Greece).The aim is to test the platform in an educational context and through the feedback to develop further the platform and open it up for the broader public/stakeholders.
In the second step (during the second year), the refined platform and the involvement of interested academic and industry affiliations from around the world, is launched. The aim is to make the platform multi-disciplinary- and transfer-proof, that is, to allow exchange and transferability of knowledge generation and outcomes to a broad range of disciplines (beyond textile design engineering).
The platform is originally designed to support instructors/educators from the (textile) design engineering domain and beyond in the implementation of online learning activities utilising the idea of gameplay.
If you are interested in having your students explore creative tools that can potentially save coaching time, improve coaching effectiveness and efficiency, and enable a commercial exploitation (by making students’ projects visible and shareable widely and available to the corporate sector), then we would like to hear from you.
By participating in the T-Crepe project, you will have the opportunity to:
In practical terms, you will be able to:
Your students will get involved in: