Dig Kit

Dig Kit is an online digital tool that aims to empower educators to design, implement and manage a school garden program. Developed as an open educational resource, Dig Kit is a website containing a centralised collection of tools and resources organised into three navigational elements: principles, co-design and community. It goes beyond a simple handbook of steps, providing educators with the tools to adapt what they are learning to their own context thus overcoming many of the identified barriers to school garden design. The ease of navigation, clear summaries of research, whole-of-curriculum approach and re-usable decision-making tools are essential for time-poor educators working in a crowded curriculum.

Branding and Identity, Web Design and Front End Development, Illustration, Iterative Prototyping, Human Centred Design, Design Thinking, User Interviews and Testing, Co-design,Quantitative and Qualitative Research
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How

How did I design it?

Dig Kit's research and development was conducted across three core phases. The first, initial analysis of the issue and identification of relevant stakeholders, followed by engagement and consulting with those stakeholders to inform prototyping. The last phase of development focused on development and testing of the site. My objective was to contribute to the understanding of the value and merit of school gardens in advancing pedagogical practices for improved health, ecological awareness and social engagement.

Who

Who is the audience?

Dig Kit is designed to be used in school contexts, by educators. It responds to the need for a centralised resource, and helps educators navigate known barriers such as program facilitation student engagement, and garden design, that have not been adequately addressed elsewhere. Current studies identify a significant gap in how school gardens are supported, with a need to support educators through appropriate resources that can be immediately used within the classroom.

Why

Why did I design it?

In researching the topic, I found evidence that while many schools utilise school gardens, more would like to. Unhealthy eating habits amongst children, rapid urbanisation and globalisation point towards a need for renewed focus on ecological awareness across disciplines, providing opportunities to engage with the environment. While school gardens are proven to help tackle social and public health issues as well as improve educational outcomes, they face widespread barriers to implementation and long term maintenance.

What

What frameworks informed the design?

Systems Thinking helped me to better understand the complex, interconnected nature of the issue, as well as Social Models of Design. I supplement Systems Thinking with the methodological framework of Human Centred Design and Permaculture as an integrate approach for responding to the current concerns of primary school age children and their teachers.

"In order for school gardens to become a permanent component of their schools, those who are currently involved in school gardening and those who wish to start a school garden need to consider the common pitfalls and be prepared to address them through careful planning and by securing broad-based support."