Innovation Project Part #1 - Leap, Learn, Live, Inc.
My innovation project is two-fold. the first is a non-profit start-up Leap, Learn Live, Inc. The second is the L3 Lifestyle Design Course where I will be teaching single moms Lifestyle Design, based on Design Thinking in a blended learning environment. Since the beginning of the program, I’ve learned to use Design Thinking for problem-solving, transformational change and choice making. When I am not taking classes in the DLL I am taking business classes, Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking classes to fill my knowledge banks with the information and skills I need to be successful. In the DLL, I created the blueprints for both my start-up and my start-up’s Lifestyle Design learning program.
Status of Leap Learn Live, Inc. My innovation project, Leap Learn Live, Inc., is multifaceted, and I am in different stages in different facets. None are fully complete but some are close. The non-profit is as I stated a start-up and I am learning as I go about this business so, if you are reading this, pray for me. I am also writing a guide and workbook called Leap Learn Live: A Lifestyle Design Guide and Workbook for Moms. I plan to publish by the end of the year.
Innovation Project Part #2 - Leap, Learn, Live - Lifestyle Design for Single Moms
L3 Lifestyle Design is a personal development course for single moms. To create the learning program and ensure it is student-centered, I used Design Thinking as my program development process, Dee Fink’s Three Column Table as the framework for the L3 Instructional Design (Fink, 2003), and the COVA approach (Harapnuik, Thibodeaux, & Cummings, 2018) as my goal for the program’s learning how to learn outcomes. You can view my original Innovation Plan Outline, and My Literature Review to get a feel for what I am aiming to achieve overall.
Status on L3 LD I am not quite ready to implement the program today. For the learning program, I have a first iteration completed and available for testing in Schoology. However, I am in the process of retooling it for Google Classroom. I think the look and feel of Google classroom is better for adult women. Schoology felt too much like grade school to me. The face-to-face workshop is written and soon to be tested.
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What went well: Some things that worked best for me in the DLL program were the collaboration and seeing how other students were addressing assignments. We all had different takes on what to do, so seeing various interpretations really helped to keep my creative juices flowing. Also, being an online program that allowed me to access it where ever and whenever, really helped too. The COVA approach, being used and being taught was brilliant and tricky, but it helped me to see what a significant learning environment should or can look like.
What I could do better: First of all, I should have planned to take a Gap year to do the program. It is intense, and to do it right I really needed the time and the ability to focus and make it a priority. All year long, I’ve been juggling my time between three my ventures, school, L3 and work. I am stressed and tired. Also, I didn’t realize right away that we were in the COVA environment, using the CSLE. Go figure. I wish I had realized it earlier, it would have given me the framework I was looking for sooner.
My lessons learned: Some of the main lessons I’ve learned in the program are:
Mindset is not set. It takes a growth mindset to commit yourself to the challenges of being a life-time of learner. And, the power of yet can help me to stay the course (Dweck, 2006).
I can build influence into my plan as long as I use all six sources of influence, I have a better chance of reaching people in a way that leads to change (Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, & Switzler, 2013).
I learned that having an Execution Strategy is as important as having a business plan, and to focus on the lead behaviors when setting execution goals and not the lag behaviors (McChesney, Covey, & Huling, 2012).
I learned the hard way that creating significant learning environments take practice and patience (Fink, 2003).
Finally I learned that people learn on their own, all of the time and that education that is not learning/student-centered inhibits learning in today’s internet of things world (Thomas, 2012).
Where is change anticipated? Aside from my current salary, I have no idea. I am too new to the area to know where change will come from. Ask me this in a year and I should have better intel. For now everything is change.
What the diversity measure of my network? I love people and I frequently refer to myself as a cultural tourist. The diversity measure of my network is pretty high by design. My program and the people who are slowly filtering in to help and to take the classes are all very diverse with the exception that they are all women. However, for mentoring and coaching I am open to anyone who believes in my WIG/BHAG. Am I courageous enough? I believe I am courageous enough to abandon the past because I am doing it now. I am moving into the non-profit arena and focusing more on making a difference than making money. Because I am not rich, by any means, this takes courage. Oh yea and I am not young, so starting over won’t be fun if this gamble doesn’t pan out. But, I look at it as a life experience that I can write a book about later.
Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset the New Psycology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.
Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating Significant Learning Experinces: An integrated approach to designing college courses. SanFrancisco: Jossey-Bass.
Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxfield, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Influencer: The new science of leading change, second edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
Harapnuik, D. K., Thibodeaux, T. N., & Cummings, C. D. (2018). Choice, Ownership, and Voice through Authentic Learning Opportnities. Retrieved from COVA eBook: http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=7291
McChesney, C., Covey, S., & Huling, J. (2012). The 4 disciplines of execution. New York: Free Press. Thomas, D. (2012, 9 13). A New Culture of Learning, Douglas Thomas at TEDxUFM. Retrieved from YouTube: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=a+new+culture+of+learning+douglas+thomas&adlt=strict&view=detail&mid=76642B9E898A16D113BE76642B9E898A16D113BE&FORM=VRDGAR