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Design Thinking at Trenton State College: Designing a Faculty Retirement Experience
Liedtka, Jeanne M. Case S-0241 / Published May 22, 2015 / 6 pages.
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This field-based case is one of three available case-based simulations that can be used as the basis for a multisession course on design thinking (alongside "Design Thinking at Arena Industries: Designing an Employee Wellness Approach" [UVA-S-0240] and "Land O'Lakes: The Search for Growth" [UVA-S-0248]). A teaching note for all three cases, "Design Thinking Course Module (TN)" (UVA-BP-0550TN), offers additional essential pedagogical tools to the course instructor?including several hours of video content and a set of posters for each case that summarize ethnographic interview findings. Altogether, this set gives students a unique opportunity to get case-based hands-on practice with design thinking tools. The course emphasizes deep user understanding, iteration, and a focus on the possibilities as a way to enhance value creation for stakeholders. The vice provost for academic affairs at Trenton State College (TSC) is tasked with designing a new retirement experience for faculty at the college. TSC, a public institution serving the state of Missouri, employs more than 1,500 full-time faculty and is facing a wave of upcoming retirements and an existing process that few feel is working well. Students play the role of a member of the provost's office who has been charged with reviewing the experience of retirees and recommending to TSC's leaders ideas to improve the retirement experience for faculty.




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    This field-based case is one of three available case-based simulations that can be used as the basis for a multisession course on design thinking (alongside "Design Thinking at Arena Industries: Designing an Employee Wellness Approach" [UVA-S-0240] and "Land O'Lakes: The Search for Growth" [UVA-S-0248]). A teaching note for all three cases, "Design Thinking Course Module (TN)" (UVA-BP-0550TN), offers additional essential pedagogical tools to the course instructor?including several hours of video content and a set of posters for each case that summarize ethnographic interview findings. Altogether, this set gives students a unique opportunity to get case-based hands-on practice with design thinking tools. The course emphasizes deep user understanding, iteration, and a focus on the possibilities as a way to enhance value creation for stakeholders. The vice provost for academic affairs at Trenton State College (TSC) is tasked with designing a new retirement experience for faculty at the college. TSC, a public institution serving the state of Missouri, employs more than 1,500 full-time faculty and is facing a wave of upcoming retirements and an existing process that few feel is working well. Students play the role of a member of the provost's office who has been charged with reviewing the experience of retirees and recommending to TSC's leaders ideas to improve the retirement experience for faculty.

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