The COOL project is based, among other things, on the DBCL approach – Design-Based Collaborative Learning. The DBCL approach is designed to support the education and training of disadvantaged groups, empowering them as social innovators to tackle the challenges of contemporary society. The DBCL approach consists of five phases:
- Empathy: Understanding and identifying the needs of the target group, building a deep connection with the learner’s experience and recognising their unique challenges
- Challenge identification: Identifying the key challenges or problems that learners need to overcome to achieve their goals
- Ideation: Collaboratively designing ideas, communication methods, training plans or tools that can help learners overcome the identified challenges
- Prototyping: Developing prototypes or shared tools that embody the ideas generated during the ideation phase
- Testing: Implementing and testing the prototypes to assess their effectiveness and gather feedback for further improvement.
During the training course in Bordeaux, the participants will be introduced to the five phases of the DBCL design process and will put the DBCL approach into practice by working on exciting projects. They will design innovative prototypes and tools that will be showcased in the COOL exhibition, bringing together real and virtual elements to present their ideas to a wider audience.