The Genosis programme in Malaysia is in its first year of implementation across ten public secondary schools. The Genosis Framework is designed to embed student inquiry, global awareness and future skills in the delivery of any national curriculum. Funded by the National Innovation Agency of Malaysia and the Genovasi Foundation, the ambition is to provide an accreditation framework for ASEAN schools that could serve as an alternative to existing and more costly programmes. Two of the key differentiators of the Genosis programme are the focus on embedding Design Thinking in the teaching of core subjects, as well as the exportable student e-portfolio which provides an evaluation of student attributes developed over the course of their high school journey.
Genosis Investigations utilise the 5-step Design Thinking process for structured inquiry in the classroom. Learners are tasked to solve real-life problems by applying and deepening their curriculum knowledge. In the process, they develop Genosis Attributes and a deeper understanding of Genosis Skills, Themes and Concepts. As learners complete a structured process of ‘Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test’, they add evidence of this learning process to their individual e-portfolios. They reflect on their learning behaviours and assess themselves against Genosis Benchmarks and Beacons for students. Educators also assess their leaners’ submissions based on their performance in class as well as the uploaded evidence and reflection done by the individual learner.