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"Design thinking" is a term used in the engineering sciences, architecture, and business fields to refer to the process of generating tangible solutions to complex problems. Recently, design thinking has been applied to the field of Writing Studies, for practitioners have found its focus on process, multimodality, and materiality of text useful in expanding the definition of what we do when we write and how we teach writing in the university. This talk explores a hands-on approach to using design as a way to teach structure in college essay writing. Deploying design thinking in the writing classroom allows us to cross the walls of academic disciplines while enhancing the curricular objectives we share. 

Vivian Kao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Composition