Engaging Class Activities
Creating a design for a fantastical scenario first with general concepts and then coming back to reality, having playfully pushed your imagination in the fantastic.
What's in the Bag?
Groups select one random object from the bag and must make a 5 to 20 second video sketch illustrating a term they are given. They are given 10 minutes to create the video outside of the classroom. Bonus: tell students not to say the name of the concept in the video and make the videos be a fun quiz-like activity at the start of the next class.
Ideas on the Floor
An Improv experience where people pick up ideas from class on the floor and include it in a scene. The improv scene in the design version of Ideas on the Floor has people designing something where they need to include each new concept they pick off the floor in the scene. The professor can play the role of a facilitator character if need be (e.g., a boss in an office).
Very few activities give every student the class to shine as the Assemblage. In this activity teams make something together in planned individual parts. At the end they assemble their parts together (e.g., a love poem using a class concept for each couplet). This means each student gets time to work on their own perfect small piece before it is present as part of the whole assemblage in class.
The Editor's Edge comes from taking time away from their own project to edit others. Students (or groups of students) put their projects on the wall and then go around and make comments on other student projects. They come back with the Editor's Edge, a mind that has seen other work and better understands how to construct their own work.
The Interactive Museum Activity
Sticky notes activities are a great way to start up a longer activity in any physical space as students mark up a space (e.g., a museum) with sticky notes. Using a color scheme they indicate class terms done well or poorly and also simply put personal reactions. Bonus: get a museum exhibit designer to talk with students about it about practicalities of putting concepts into action.
Self Over Time from TIC: Goals
The Snap Chat Simplistic from TIC: Education Philosophy
I thought, They Said, They Should from TIC: Marketing