IE Business School
Laura McDermott is an Irish design and innovation consultant, based in Madrid. She is the Director of Academic Experience and Innovation at IE Business School, Adjunct Professor of Innovation and Design at IE University and formerly the Design Lead in the IE Center for Social Innovation and Sustainability. Laura designs sustainable innovation projects, specifically from a behavioural lens, with educational institutions, startups and corporates.
Mentorship in Higher Education: Designing Meaningful Programs
This workshop will bring participants through a process of learning-by-doing, where they can simulate the experience of a mentor designing an outcome-focused activity for their mentees.
It will begin with a short introduction to the facilitators and an explanation of some of the key activities and goals of the session. Afterwards, participants will be invited to partake in activities based in human-centered design principles to empathise with students, identify opportunities to support them through mentorship, and design an outcome-driven activity plan that could be suitable for a mentorship session. In this way, they will understand some of the key tools and techniques that can be used by mentors in programs. No prior knowledge of design is necessary for this activity, we just ask participants to come with an open mind and a willingness to explore the student experience and possible enhancements.