co-design icon

Co-design with students, instructors, and institutions

We co-design solutions with students, instructors, and other faculty. We begin with empathy research to deeply understand their needs, contexts, goals, and challenges. From there, we collaborate on ideation – brainstorming ideas and solutions to help them to solve their biggest problems and achieve their ambitions in the most practical and efficient ways.

design icon
    • We conduct rich ethnographic research to understand the diverse needs and contexts of students, instructors, administrators, and education institutions

      Ethnography

      We use a variety of research methods including interviews, surveys, shadowing, observation, diary studies, and workshops.


      We co-create with students, instructors, and other college staff their real-life journeys through an entire course and their college career

      Students Brainstorming

      This helps us to understand how and when we can best help

      Experience Map

      Then we ideate new, novel solutions and prototype them with students and instructors

      Ideation Sample One
      Ideation Sample Two
      Ideation Sample Three
      Ideation Sample Three
    • Carolina Braga

      Carolina Braga

      Labor Relations, Cornell University

      Carolina resides in New York, where she is finishing her degree in Labor Relations at Cornell University. In the summer of 2017 she worked on training and learning and development at AIG for analysts who were recent college grads. After graduating in Spring 2018, she will be working as an internal consultant full-time for AIG. Carolina finds Student Codesign group’s focus on on research, design, and software development to be extremely interesting.


      Yasir Choudhury

      Yasir Choudhury

      Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas

      Yasir lives in Austin where he is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Through the Student Co-design Group, he hopes to improve Macmillan Learning’s products by providing his perspective as a student who has taken many courses that utilize digital learning tools. Yasir’s goal is to become a hardware test engineer at a semiconductor fabrication company. His dream job would be to work at Intel or AMD and aims to obtain employment in this field within the next 5 years.


      Asja Lanier

      Asja Lanier

      Psychology, The College of Saint Elizabeth

      Asja is a recent grad who lives in New Jersey and hopes to continue her education in a Master’s or Doctoral program. Asja previously contributed to Macmillan Learning’s VisionTyping work around a new product model in July 2017. Asja was very involved in student life at her institution, having founded and led the Black Student Union. She was also an active member of the Commuter Council, serving initially as a member and moving on to be the elected president of the council.


      Anthony Nguyen

      Anthony Nguyen

      Economics & Statistics, CUNY Hunter College

      Anthony resides in New York City where he attends CUNY Hunter College. He hopes to work internationally in an effective, data-driven NGO or social entrepreneurial venture that is making a true difference in people's lives. Anthony joined the Student Co-design Group because it offers him a space to collaborate with other students and Macmillan staff and scientists to improve learners' experiences with Macmillan's educational products and technology. Outside of work and school, Anthony enjoys reading, weightlifting, and Chinese food.


      Zaynub Siddiqui

      Zaynub Siddiqui

      Psychology, Prince George's Community College

      Zaynub lives in Maryland and is enrolled in two separate, academically related institutions: she is a homeschooled high schooler and is taking college courses. Her interest in the Student Co-design Group stems from her belief that her current student point-of-view will help improve learning products and therefore help other, future students. She is excited that Macmillan Learning is seeking student input and that her suggestions can affect the education of so many others. In addition to her studies, Zaynub paints and has exhibited in Washington, D.C.


      Ben Thier

      Ben Thier

      Neuroscience, Duke University

      Ben is from New York and currently attends Duke University where he is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in education. He is interested in how teaching and learning experiences can be improved by using data-driven and evidence-based approaches. Ben believes that conducting innovative educational research properly is extremely important if we hope to make a difference in both classrooms and e-learning methods. In his free time, Ben enjoys tennis, scuba diving, tutoring, and video editing.


      Starshae Toomer

      Starshae Toomer

      Liberal Arts, SUNY Broome Community College

      Starshae resides in New York. After completing her schooling, she hopes to become a neonatal nurse. Starshae sees the Student Co-design Group as an opportunity to help other students.

Educational Results

Science + Empathy + Data insights