Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Amanda Barany, and Brian K. Smith
Drexel University School of Education
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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About this Workshop

The Ideation Process, as part of design thinking processes such as the Stanford model and the design firm IDEO model, typically involves the collaborative generation of a large number of potential solutions to a problem on sticky notes, placing them on the wall, and then engaging in analogical and synthetic thinking by reorganizing them into meaningful patterns. This collaborative process has been proven useful when participants are physically present, yet difficult to effectively replicate in digitally-mediated environments. This workshop aims to engage researchers, designers, and practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the design thinking process towards the development of innovative ways to translate the Ideation Process into digitally-mediated, computer-supported collaborative learning environments.

Call for Participation

We invite you to participate in the generative workshop Digitally-Mediated Design Thinking in CSCL Environments, held during the CSCL 2017 pre-conference events on Sunday, June 18. This full-day workshop will support the development of collaborative design solutions to the wicked problem of translating Ideation Processes into computer-supported collaborative learning environments.

In this workshop, you will engage in design thinking process stages, such as framing, ideation, prototyping, and deploying to work toward innovative designs for Digital Ideation. Beyond the workshop, we also hope to solicit your participation in the development and publication of the findings from the day. We plan to make all data collected from this workshop, including participant reflection notes at six stages, videos and photos of group presentations, and interviews with participants after the workshop, available for collaborative analysis, culminating in a write-up authored by all workshop participants to be submitted for publication.

If you are interested in design thinking, collaborative design processes, creativity, wicked problems, or leveraging the unique affordances of digitally-mediated learning environments for innovative collaborative learning strategies, this workshop is for you. We are looking for passionate collaborators looking to concretely contribute to the development of the design thinking process in online environments.



  • Short presentation: Situating the problem


  • Form design teams
  • Framing and re-defining the problem


  • Ideation process part 1: divergent thinking/brainstorming
  • Ideation process part 2: convergent thinking/synthesis


  • Prototyping
  • Lunch break
  • Prototyping continued


  • Design team presentations
  • Discussion


  • Planning next steps for research analysis and publication

Post-conference Activities (~2 months)

  • Collaborative analysis and publication

Please complete the following form to confirm your attendance no later than April 28, 2017: Address questions to