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On July 12, 2015, Design thinking volunteers (DTV) from SAP Labs Shanghai hosted a “Design Thinking” workshop for students from College of Information Engineering, Shanghai Second Polytechnic University.  25 students & Professor Jihui Yang from SSPU joined Honggang Wang from P&I Co-innovation, Benny Sun, Josie Guan from UA, Deng Di from SET, Nick Luo from Successfactors participated this workshop

To bring the innovative thinking method into the class and adapt to education reform, Professor Jihui Yang contacted SAP UA to set up a half-day DT workshop for her students. The volunteers of DT made a plan specially focused on the topic of “What is the most popular and effective class should be like?”

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The workshop began with a self-introduction among each attendees. Honggang, the presenter of the workshop, gave an introduction of SAP Labs and “Design Thinking” to everyone first. The students were divided into 4 groups with Benny, Josie, Deng Di and Nick as coach respectively. Before turning to the subject, they were asked to do an interesting “Marshmallow Challenge”. It required you to make a frame supporting the marshmallow as high as possible with pasta and some other materials like 1 yard string and stick band in a limited time. Students were inspired to try every possible scheme. This was just a warm-up to lead everyone to practice their innovation and manual dexterity as well as teamwork.

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Next Honggang and 4 coaches guided the 6 key steps for students to analyze and solve the problems. In step of observation, they interviewed teachers and classmates respectively, which taking full account of both students’ demand and teachers’ difficulty. At last they put forward practical solution in different ways like role playing, storytelling, drawing show, model display and so on. This is always one of the highlight parts of the event.

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The participants were so lucky to have the chance practicing DT workshop. And professor Yang indicated that it was a useful method, she would like to teach more students use “Design thinking” to solve actual problems in the future.

Thanks for Fiona and Benny summarizing

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