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The Student Experience Design (SXD) Lab supports student-led innovation in an online and technology-enabled learning environment

What
& Why?

Purposeful Learning for a Meaningful Life

The Lab’s mission is to support purposeful learning for a meaningful life. The problem we are trying to tackle is ‘how might we enable students to co-create their own learning journey in a tech-enabled world?’ Our theory of change is if we can enable students to co-create their own learning journey in a tech-enabled world, then they will enjoy purposeful learning for a meaningful life.

Who & How?

Students use design to solve problems

The SXD Lab aims to support student-led innovation through human-centered design practices we call: “student-experience design”. We do this by working with the end users of education: students. We employ students to conduct research, define problems, ideate, prototype and test ideas with institutions and industry.

All lab projects are led, designed and built by students – with the support of eCampusOntario and other learning partners. Projects range from the tangible to the exploratory, such as figuring out how to help students discover what a meaningful life means to them, so that they can design their educational experience in order to achieve their goals.

The philosophy of the lab is to learn by making and doing. This enables students to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities and utilize design practices to enhance the post-secondary system and contribute to open innovation. Students design systems, services or products that will be openly-licensed and can be implemented by institutions and/or industry.