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A cookbook of teaching recipes by leading practitioners and educators to introduce design-doing into your classrooms. Tried, tested, true.

A cookbook of teaching recipes by leading practitioners and educators to introduce design-doing into your classrooms. Tried, tested, true.

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Rana commented on The MatchMaker

Joel Nicholson  :awesome find ! Yes, please !


Rana commented on The MatchMaker

Hi Leo,

The educator represent a class of students. If the educator and the real-work partner agree to work together, it is because there is a class full of students who are looking to solve the problem.

On Selection :
Beyond the matchmaking algorithm, it would be a free-market process. The parties decide to work together or go back on the market for the next match.

On Real-World Partners Incentive:

We foresee communities, non-profits, for-profits, and enterprises small and big.

The first few get help with solving a problem they don't typically have the resources to tackle. The last gets a class full of bright students and multiple options for a problem s.he is facing.

On Working Across Projects :

Good question. The system should / would cap this to a max based on the students schedule or arbitrarily to 1-2 projects. We know it doesn't work in real-life.

Thanks !



Rana commented on The MatchMaker

Hi Helen Wang ,

Thank you for your observations.

No, the algorithm has not been developed yet. We're looking for a partner / home for this.
The criteria I mentioned came as a result of our research.
Do you see additional criteria which you feel would build trust on both sides ?

Given that the Matchmaker intends to match real-world problems / partners to classes it is discipline agonstic. It is likely that some discipline get more attention than the others. This would be one measure of success - that a few disciplines pull it.

A deeper question, which I see in your observation is whether we can somehow form inter-disciplinary groups across campus in this process. From finance, music, english and biology as it were. For now, there is a suggestion - the design jobs, but not a method. One way would be to have group formation built into the design. i.e. Matchmaker sends a "you've been matched" mail to students with matching skills and schedules who then opt-in.

Another answer of course is - would biology benefit from exposure to a real-world problem ? If so, there is likely a real-world partner who would pose a problem. The same for finance, music, and english. The goal here is reinforce the design-doing mindset but exposing them to real-world problems. This pre-supposes that you have introduced your learners to the design-doing process, which would quite naturally required that you use a real-world challenge to get things going.