Making Human-Centered Systems Design Work in Education

Most educational systems are shackled by legacy technology systems that were designed to create efficiencies but instead create generic experiences for students. That is counter to the purpose of education – to develop each student’s ability to think independently and critically in order to prepare them for a better life.

 By starting with the end in mind – developing better students and empowering them for a better life – Mentorina always keeps an eye on design thinking when it comes to technology developments in education.

 We’re fans of the Institute of Design at Stanford because they put people in the center of designing every experience. As we look more at how design thinking applies to education, we wanted to start by sharing

 “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”

- Tim Brown, president and CEO, IDEO

 In the following article, the authors highlight one of the struggles with the educational environment – the desire to function from the point of view of systems thinking. This means that educators look at how theories can apply across the entire educational system. But that goes back to focusing on efficiencies, instead of effectiveness.

 That’s where design thinking comes into play.

With design thinking, as the article points out, we’re able to address the quality of the process with the same attention as we are the quality of outputs.


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About Ahmed Saeed

 Ahmed Saeed, Co-founder and Director of Finance

Ahmed Saeed, Co-founder and Director of Finance

Ahmed is clear about what counts: people and potential. He's inspired to grow an educational system that truly understands, embraces and supports student differences, and is determined to build a company that will help. His experience at Deloitte & Touche (Middle East), Hood Oil (Yemen), the HSA Group (Brazil) and volunteering for NGOs give him the expertise and perspective to make that possible.

Ahmed shapes strategy and directs the company's finances, managing accounts to international standards, develops strategic partnerships and secures funding. He's earned his masters degree in international business, bachelors in business (finance) and is working towards his certification as a financial analyst.