Planny is a plannig’s toolkit which helps children with autism at primary education to plan their own Design Based Learning (DBL) activity. A DBL activity can be very chaotic and unstructured. In particular, children with autism are not good in handling chaotic and unstructured situations. Planny helps to bring the structure back and supports children in working independently.


Every color on the toolkit represents a step of the process, e.g. doing research, coming up with solutions and creating a solution. For each step two different exercises are given. Together the children can decide which exercise they perform. In this way, they learn to make agreements and to plan an activity. Above all, they can create their own and unique design process.


Feb. 2016 - June 2016 | 1 student

This field study gives insight in how students can become engaged with charity and how they are able to contribute. For this reason, Give and Get Bag, a pop-up stand to exchange items, was designed. During a four day study, Give and Get Bag provided knowledge about the importance of storytelling to create a feeling of empathy and the function of a thank-you gift.


When testing Give and Get Bag it was found that a thank-you gift can work as an incentive for students to donate. Students were able to identify themselves with the refugees through the storytelling. Students were able to contribute to charity in other ways than donating money. By donating items, something invaluable for them could become valuable for someone else. Students were especially active in sharing the cause with their network.


This field study suggests that charity organizations or non-profit organisations can focus on students and give them the opportunity to contribute in different ways than just donating money. If they feel empathy for the cause, storytelling plays an important role in achieving this, they can become true ambassadors.


Constructive Design Research
Anne Wil Burghoorn
Koen van Gaalen
Marisya Janssen
Stefano Lanzani
Vera Smoor
Feng Ye
Sept. 2016
Oct. 2016

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