What's "Learning Express" ?
Students from many countries live, think, work together and challenge themselves to find innovative solutions.
Learning Express (LeX) is a global social innovation program that Singapore Polytechnic, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and International College of Technology, Kanazawa, work on together. These schools are members of CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate), which is a universal standard in engineering education.
During LeX, students use the Design Thinking method for understanding user's needs and finding solutions. For example, they interview the local residents to find their needs and try to solve problems in terms of local development, environments, and a sustainable society by putting themselves in position of the residents. Students aim to embody their ideas as prototypes, propose them to the local residents, and create products that the local residents can actually use.
The most important part of LeX is that students from many countries work together. Students from Asian countries, whose languages and cultural backgrounds are different live together and develop innovative solutions with local people while making use of each other’s unique knowledge and skills. Furthermore, students will not only challenge themselves, but will become more aware of how they can contribute to society, develop their ability for environmental adaptation, obtain intellectual stimulation, and have opportunities for self-discovery through the program.
What's Design Thinking ?
Human-centered design approach that helps students think outside the box
Students mainly use the Design Thinking method during LeX. Design Thinking is a method for generating ideas based on human life, emotion, and behavior to create new things. Recently, it attracts attention as a way to bring innovation to complex business and society, and to create new products and services.
The Design Thinking process begins with observation and understanding of subjects, and has several steps: discovering tasks, analyzing, discussing, proposing, prototyping, evaluating, and improving. These steps are repeated to derive innovative ideas.