At our school, we believe in “design thinking,” which means we continuously involve a wide number of stakeholders to collectively create our MS/IM degree program—including our students. We see design thinking as an advising approach.
Design thinking is important in all kinds of information management (IM) work. Those who work in IM roles should always question if there are better ways to do things, or if there are new technological opportunities to pursue. We want to prepare our students to be IM leaders who question and challenge the status quo in the workplace. We’re operating as an educational start-up, fostering a culture of learning design with an exciting mission to create degree programs that prepare our students for jobs that might not even exist yet.
Our advisors work individually with students to co-design their degree programs and paths to their future careers.
Meg Edwards, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
mbedward [at] illinois.edu
Michael Twidale, Professor and MS/IM Program Director
twidale [at] illinois.edu