Speed Dating For Ideas Generation
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Summary of Teaching & Learning Context Group activity, ideally 5 or more people. Helps come up with ideas and build on each other’s ideas.This can be used as a starting point for an assessment. Implementing the Strategy The steps involved in carrying out the Speed Dating for Idea Generation are: • Make sure everyone has the tools necessary (pen & paper, whiteboard, online meeting access, etc). • Present the topic in a clear concise manner. • Invite everyone to come up with ideas around the specified topic. • Ask the students to come up with as many ideas as possible in a given time (e.g. 5 minutes), then to build upon each other’s ideas and/or make other people’s ideas even better. • Start with their own idea (no more than 5 minutes). • After writing that down, they will move clockwise (or whatever suits the room) to their neighbour to discuss each other’s ideas and to build upon their own. • After that, they move again to the next idea to build upon that. • Make sure it is clear how they will be moving to the next idea (clockwise, etc) and how you will be keeping and announcing time (2 minutes per person). • This will repeat until they are back at their own ‘starting’ point. • When people have rotated back to the starting point, ask them to reflect on their initial idea and how it has evolved. Ask them to also think about the new ideas, which ones they like and dislike. • Finally allow some time for the entire group to discuss. • Be sure to encourage openness and positivity (even when critiquing) • This can be done in-class or online using breakout rooms.
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