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Amy Vecchione and Karina Smith

By: Brady W Moore   Published 4:18 pm / March 12, 2018

Amy Vecchione and Karina Smith

Associate Professor, Albertsons Library
Academic Development and Recovery Coordinator, Advising and Academic Support Center

Amy Vecchione, associate professor in Albertsons Library, and Karina Smith, academic development and recovery coordinator, presented at the international conference Library 2.018 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Design Thinking. Their presentation, titled “Student Success + Design Thinking,” describes a pilot project in which Vecchione and Smith collaborated to co-teach design thinking skills to at-promise students. The students designed services, prototypes, events, and structures that the university could employ to empower and assist all students, especially those struggling. Students struggle for a variety of reasons. School systems are complex areas to navigate, and often times, school success is defined by how well a student can navigate the cultural and societal landscape of a school or university. Makerspaces are well-equipped to work with this population as experiential learning relies on the experiences and knowledge acquired through fixing and making. Over 150 individuals from around the world attended their presentation.