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.

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