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Learn to Learn: Designing for Agility and Resilience in Education

June 30, 2020 - July 8, 2020

Learn to Learn

COVID-19 has had a monumental and wide-ranging impact on the global health network, economies, political climate, social norms, and in an incredibly pronounced way in the education sector. As of mid-April 2020, more than 1.6 billion children and youth across more than 180 countries— 91.3% of the world’s student population— have been impacted by school closures.  Akin to the overarching unprecedented nature of the circumstance, the history of education has never known a global disruption of this magnitude.

As school systems, faculty, staff, and students find themselves in an untraditional learning environment, particularly those working towards applied, practical credentials, significant attention to preparing learners in both conventional and unconventional ways are paramount. The focus of the “Learn to Learn” Charrette is to tackle education’s most pressing problem— how to help students and graduates learn more effectively (and safely) as the economy recovers/thrives? Taking a multi-disciplinary and human-centred design approach, the Charrette explores thematics of relationships and collaboration, accessibility, resource management, adapting applied learning environments, mental fatigue, and lifelong learning.

What is a charrette?

A charrette is a collaborative and creative process that brings together diverse groups of students, professionals, and community stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.

Over an intensive period of brainstorming, discussion, and expert consultation, multidisciplinary teams realize concepts and deliverables that align with a central theme or challenge. Participants are encouraged to tackle problems using design thinking methodologies and collaborative design practice, gaining new perspectives that can generate innovative outputs.

While charrettes originated in urban planning and architecture as a way to bring together community, developers, and professional consultants to generate solutions around a common goal, George Brown College has adopted this methodology for strategic foresight and innovation, business planning, educational design, PSS (product-service-system design) and prototyping. Our design charrettes promote inclusive, co-creative environments that bring people together to imagine, plan, and implement a common future.

10th – 20th July 2020

Participants must be available for the full ten days of the charrette, 10th – 20th of July. These ten days will consist of ideation, collaboration, inspiration, and much more! 

​- You will be participating with 60 other students & graduates from George Brown College 

– There will be 12 teams with 5 participants per team

– You will have 10 days to design a solution to your team’s given a challenge on one of the topics below

– You can register with a friend in your application 




Learn to Learn
George Brown College