About the Learning Express Network
Learning Express (LeX) is a multi-national, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary programme that addresses local complex problems in complex settings rather than simplified problems in isolation. It involves students (guided by lecturer facilitators) in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to the community.

Learning Express seeks to promote Design Thinking and Social Innovation. By bringing together students from various disciplines and partner educational institutions, teams will collaborate to contribute to a community as they apply domain skills and use the Design Thinking Methodology to co-create innovative solutions that strives to meet the needs of the local community.

Some of these challenges include clean water, alternative energy, food productions & innovation, healthcare and enterprise issues. This is an immersive experience for the students as the team works together closely with their peers in the local community hence nurturing a sense of purpose and social contributions to society. As teams interact with the communities they visit, they expand their cultural quotient as they unravel new insights into different communities, their cultures, and norms.

LEX Mission
To connect like-minded institutions and their students to provide social innovation for communities through Design Thinking Pedagogy, gain cultural intelligence and build friendship and bond on a 14-day journey.

Learning Express Overview
The Most Exciting Exchange Programme Ever!
  • Work with students from all over the world
  • Effect real change on real lives in developing countries
  • Learn innovative ways of thinking
  • Embark on an exciting 14-day journey to discover the world and yourself! Use your skills and knowledge to improve real lives in the real world. Using Design Thinking, you will work with a multinational team to offer an innovative solution that affects a local community.


LeX 2-Week Programme Sample
Week 1 Programme
Day 1
Sun
AM/PM: Arrival
Orientation of living environment
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 2
Mon
AM: Opening Ceremony & Welcome Lunch
Welcome event with the students to mark the beginning of the programme with the various stakeholders attending. A buffet lunch will be provided.
PM: Social/ Conversational Host Country Language Lesson/ Design Thinking Revision
Building confidence in speaking basic simple local language
Scenario – Interaction scenario with the local community, prepare for empathy questions to be asked at the village community.
Icebreakers and teambuilding activities
Getting to know your “Local Community Buddy”
  • The local buddies will be introduced to the students with icebreaking/ teambuilding activities conducted.
  • This also allows networking among the students.
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 3
Tue
AM/PM: Design Thinking Revision
  • Teaming up and deciding the project focus
  • Design Thinking Methodology
Preparing for community empathy studies
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 4
Wed
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 1 – Sense & Sensibility
Village orientation plus homestay preparation
Night – Supermarket/ Shopping Centre for last minute logistics shopping
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 5
Thu
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 2 – Empathy (Conducted at the community)
  • Topic on Ethnography
  • Conducting Ethnography with community
Night: Homestay
Day 6
Fri
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 2 – Empathy (Conducted at the community)
Create a persona/ crafting persona’s need statement
Night: Homestay
Day 7
Sat
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 2 – Empathy
  • Analyse the needs of users interviewed
Night: Homestay
Week 2 Programme
Day 8
Sun
AM/PM: Local Cultural Immersion
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 9
Mon
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 3 – Ideation/ Co-Creation
  • Explain the ideation mind-set and process
  • Use brainstorming methods and tools to generate ideas and develop design concepts from ideas Analyse the needs of users interviewed
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 10
Tue
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 4 – Prototyping/ Co-Creation
  • Explain the rationale for prototyping
  • Express a design concept through prototyping
Evening: trip to local shopping centre
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 11
Wed
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 5 – Project Presentation Prep
  • Teams to prepare a Presentation with Q&A to communicate their prototype and demonstrate how it meets the persona’s needs
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 12
Thu
AM/PM: Learning Express Local Community
Stage 5 – Project Presentation:
Exhibition Style
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 13
Fri
AM/PM: Local Cultural Immersion:
Night: Student Hostel Accommodation
Day 14
Sat
Departure back to Home Country

*programme subject to change & amendment depending on location and constraints by partner organisation