Design Principles

the lab's core ideas and values

Design principles guide all aspects of our work at Habi Education Lab. This is our set of core values. Our center. Equally distinct and important, we use each one to generate new ideas, build new projects, assess our progress, and reflect on our work.


Adapts with Change

FLEXIBLE, DYNAMIC, FUTURE-PROOF

We make adjustments in our work based on our context, and we see to it the any work that we do can serve as groundwork for future projects.

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Builds on research

INSIGHTFUL, METACOGNITIVE, EVIDENCE-BASED

We use previous research to underpin our work, and we use our work to get insights and develop new ideas that can answer our five primary research questions.

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Connects disciplines, ideologies, and communities

DIVERSE, COLLABORATIVE, TRANSDISCIPLINARY

We work with people with different backgrounds, and we form interconnected and integrated experiences that can address our design challenges.

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Delights and inspires

ENJOYABLE, FUN, MEANINGFUL

We experience positive affect in learning and in designing learning experiences, and we create meaning that inspires us to do the work that we do.

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Encourages human agency

ACTIVE, PARTICIPATORY, EMPOWERING

We work with the belief that everyone can contribute to change, and we build trust in others to bring about the change that we need.

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Frames ideas clearly

UNIFIED, SIMPLIFIED, UNDERSTANDABLE

We frame ideas simply without sacrificing nuance, and we make our work relatable.

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Grows into long-term relationships

CONTINUING, NURTURING, SUSTAINABLE

We foster quality partnerships, and we follow-up on the outcomes of our work.

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Highlights local context

HUMAN-CENTERED, CONTEXTUALIZED, EMPATHETIC

We respect local expertise and perspectives, and we prioritize those insights to inform our work.

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Includes the larger community

CONCRETE, EXTENDED, INCLUSIVE

We aim to extend the potential impact of our work, and we make accessible products and experiences.

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