Student Involvement in Pinying


Student teams developed a launch plan for Pinying using a “human centered design” approach.

A multidisciplinary student team researched the market and developed hypotheses for target market needs and concerns. They interviewed hundreds of experts, stakeholders, and potential customers.

Student software coders developed a prototype based on customer interviews and feedback, using an agile approach.

The overall team launched the Pinying app, and developed and executed a marketing strategy, all of which led to over 800 initial downloads.










Dr. Stalling worked with students and staff to create the modern version of ancient Chinese printing tables and boxes to demonstrate the ideation process that guided his invention of Pinying. Students hand crafted over 10,000 Chinese press letters in total.

OU Libraries:

Dr. Stalling worked with OU Library Emerging Technology Librarians and students to prototype the Seedling as an extension of the Pinying digital assets and learning block technologies. This prototyping came in two stages: the proof of technological concept which tested the functionality of the sound chips and interactive readers, and the aesthetic product that would not only house the Seedling hardware but look pleasing to the customers and be fun to use.


Students and staff at the iHub working on the Song Dynasty English printing table.