The Design Thinking Process

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Return to ETAP 623 Spring 2017 | Becca Goess


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Course Overview

Design thinking is a process that can be used inside and outside of classrooms to help students and adults solve many different types of problems. This mini-course will walk you through the different stages of the design thinking process, and help you to apply this process in different ways. According to Sandy Speicher, lead of the education team at IDEO, “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem-solving. It reflects how designers think and act–both mindset and tools, it’s solving problems to make the world better.” This course will help educators find new ways to solve problems.

Needs Assessment

According to a survey done of 105 teachers and education students, there is a need for learning about the design thinking process.78.1% of the people who took this survey know little or nothing at all about the design thinking process. 75% of the people who took this survey are moderately to extremely interested in learning about the design thinking process. Based on this survey, there is a need among educators for a mini-course on this topic.

Performance Objectives

By the end of this mini-course, learners will be able to:

1. Identify and define the 5 stages of the design thinking process.

2. Solve a given problem using the design thinking process.

3. Evaluate a project that uses the design thinking process.

4. Identify examples of design thinking related to subject areas.

5. Create a 45 minute lesson to teach others about how to use the design thinking process.

Course Units

The units and lessons build upon each other within this course. To begin this mini-course, start below at unit 1.

Use the code 'y1f1hdy' to access the google classroom that will have additional information to help with the course.

Unit 1: Design Thinking Basics

During this first unit you will be able to explore design thinking and learn about the different aspects of the process. You will also be given the opportunity to practice using the design thinking process in order to solve a problem. Before you begin the course, please take the pre-assessment. This pre-assessment will be repeated at the end of the unit, and will help you to see if you understand the basics.

Design Thinking Process Pre-Assessment

Lesson One

Objective: Identify and define the 5 stages of design thinking.

During this lesson you will:

  • Watch an example unit that uses the design thinking process.
  • Learn about the 5 stages, and what happens within each stage.

'''Lesson 1: What is Design Thinking'''


Lesson Two

Objective: Solve a given problem using the design thinking process.

During this lesson you will:

  • Use your knowledge from lesson one to solve a problem using design thinking. You will be guided through each of the different steps.

Lesson 2: How do I use Design Thinking


Unit 2: Design Thinking in Action

During this unit you will take the knowledge of the design thinking process, and what you learned during your challenge to evaluate a project that uses design thinking. You will also brainstorm different ways that you can use design thinking in your own classroom or life. This unit will end with the task of creating a lesson that can be used to teach others about design thinking.


Lesson Three

Objective: Evaluate a project that uses design thinking.

During this lesson you will:

  • Read/watch a design thinking unit in action.
  • Evaluate the success of the project.

Lesson 3: What does successful Design Thinking look like?


Lesson Four

Objective: Identify examples of design thinking related to your subject area. Create a 45 minute lesson to teach others about design thinking.

During this lesson you will:

  • Review the uses for design thinking.
  • Come up with examples of design thinking relevant to your own teaching/life.
  • Create a lesson that would teach others about design thinking.

Lesson 4: Design Thinking & You!


Extended Resources

https://dschool-old.stanford.edu/sandbox/groups/designresources/wiki/36873/attachments/74b3d/ModeGuideBOOTCAMP2010L.pdf?sessionID=1b6a96f1e2a50a3b1b7c3f09e58c40a062d7d553

http://www.davidleeedtech.org

Design Thinking for Educators

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IOgentRNubOTF_1y850t-nI9t6ACMyfZk6IBu0XKWyU/edit#

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9d7WYPS0fo-MXZHenkyOXBwbEk/view