Young people today, both high school students and university students, are growing up in a digital era filled with technological advancements. Speed, connectivity, and easy access to information are integral parts of their daily lives. With such characteristics, traditional approaches to education often fall short in capturing their attention and maximizing their learning potential.
Design Thinking, a human-centered design approach, offers innovative solutions in designing digital learning experiences for young people. The Design Thinking approach to designing digital learning is not just about creating engaging content but also about building deep, meaningful, and relevant learning experiences for the younger generation. Given the distinct characteristics and needs of this generation, innovative approaches like Design Thinking are crucial to ensuring successful learning in the current digital era.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) at UGM, in collaboration with the Taiwan Center and I-Shou University, conducted a workshop titled “Design Thinking for Digital Courses.” This activity took place over 2 days, from August 10-11, 2023. On the first day, it was attended by 64 teachers and school principals from 34 high schools (SMA), while the second day was attended by 40 lecturers and senior students from various study programs.
The seminar began with remarks from Prof. Dr. Eng. Kuwat Triyana, M.Si, the Dean of FMIPA UGM, followed by remarks from Prof. Huang Wen Shen, representing I-Shou University, and Arif Misbahul MBM, representing the Taiwan Center.
The workshop was divided into two parts, led by Prof. Shin Jyh Wei, Ph.D., from the Department of Parasitology at the College of Medicine and the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology at National Cheng Kung University, and a presentation by Prof. Wang Yu Chi, Ph.D., from the Department of Medical Science and Biotechnology at I-Shou University. Prof. Shin Jyh Wei is the Director of the Center for Continuing Education at National Cheng Kung University and has conducted extensive research in relevant areas, including the Design Thinking Cross-Domain Talent Cultivation Program, the University Alliance for Deepening Digital Learning and Innovative Applications Program, and the Topic-Oriented Cross-Disciplinary Narrative Competence Cultivation Program.