Jennifer Turns

Winter 2021

Exploring Power Dynamics in Co-Design for Engineering Education Research

In Exploring Power Dynamics in Co-Designing Engineering Education, participants will dig into readings that explore co-design as an inclusive process intended to create change. As researchers, we are exploring how power relations between college-level educators, students, and researchers can be addressed when co-designing for more inclusive STEM, and more specifically, engineering, college level classrooms. We will also explore our own understanding of power through reflection activities. In the second half of the quarter, we will put our learning into action by imagining different co-design scenarios between faculty and students. The final project includes piloting a co-design session between students and educators.

We will think about questions such as:

  • How do power relations affect the co-design process?
  • How is power enacted?
  • Are power relations different between students and faculty in STEM settings, compared to Arts and Humanities settings?
  • How might we mediate power relations to produce more inclusive co-design sessions?

This will be a 2-credit DRG. We will plan to meet for 1.5 hours each week via zoom and expect approximately 3-4 additional hours of engagement each week outside of our meeting times. Meeting Times are Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm PST.

If interested, please fill out this google form. We are planning on having up to 4 DRG participants to facilitate virtual conversations. Decisions will be made by January 2. Decisions on participation will take into account the order in which applicants express interest and a desire to have diverse perspectives in the group. 


  • 2-credits
  • Wednesdays from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST

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