Explore human-centered design projects with a variety of co-curricular campus organizations, such as the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS). With a focus on solving challenges in Nashville or on campus, this is the perfect opportunity for undergraduate students wishing to experience human-centered design without adding to their course schedules.

Co-Curricular Projects Facts

  • Undergraduate students will complete a DIVE Boot Camp either before or during their co-curricular project.
  • Depending on the available projects, undergraduate students may have the opportunity to partner with a variety of campus offices, including the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS), the Wond’ry, the Curb Center, and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.
  • Students will work in multidisciplinary project teams over the course of a semester to solve real-world challenges. For example, projects facilitated by the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) might include themes similar to the ones below:
    • The refugee experience in Nashville;
    • Glass recycling;
    • Progression of juveniles through the justice system;
    • Food deserts; and
    • Access to equitable education.
  • At the end of the academic year, students will participate in a showcase to present their work.
  • To learn more about participating in a DIVE co-curricular project, please email dive@vanderbilt.edu.

Local OACS DIVE Cohorts

Students may participate in co-curricular projects by joining Local OACS DIVE Cohorts with the Office of Active Citizenship and Service beginning in fall 2017.

  • Local OACS DIVE Cohorts will be formed about the themes of affordable housing, the experience of displaced persons living in Nashville, and food waste.
  • Local OACS DIVE Cohorts will provide students with a unique opportunity to work together with local non-profit organizations and the Nashville Mayor’s office to address community-identified challenges in innovative ways using the processes of human-centered design.
  • Throughout the semester-long experience, Local OACS DIVE Cohorts will include a theme-focused seminar series, service with a non-profit organization addressing the cohort theme, and hands-on experience applying human-centered design to address community-identified news.
  • Applicants accepted to a Local OACS DIVE Cohort will join a specific theme-based cohort. Selection will be based on a review of applicant theme interest, major, and skills to strengthen cohort diversity and the learning experience.
  • Limited funding is available to support student transportation to and from service sites and for the development of human-centered design prototypes.
  • To learn more about the Local OACS DIVE Cohorts, please email Meagan Smith at meagan.smith@vanderbilt.edu.
  • Applications for Local OACS DIVE Cohorts are currently under consideration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Comprehend human-centered design principles

  • describe these steps
  • recognize them when presented with examples of design processes
  • distinguish between human-centered design and other approaches to design

Apply human-centered design principles to formulate a plan, gain deeper understanding, and to develop an initial solution to problems

  • develop plans to solve a design problem and break it down into logical steps
  • interview constituents
  • brainstorm ideas and develop an initial solution to the problems

Apply higher level human-centered design principles to prototype, test, and implement solutions to problems

  • generate a prototype
  • test a prototype
  • refine a solution based on prototyping, testing, and client feedback