The dLab currently offers an undergraduate and graduate course in design thinking in the University of Kentucky College of Education.
Design Thinking in Education – 3 credit hours
Professor: John Nash, Department of Educational Leadership Studies
Design Thinking in Education is a course in which students work on challenges facing the P-20 community. The class is focused on a participatory, design thinking approach, with particular attention to the needs of project partners who offer real-life challenges for students to work on.
Students work in collaborative teams on semester-long projects in collaboration with partner organizations, field liaisons, and a set of multi-disciplinary experts. Students are exposed to the process of human-centered design, and hone their skills in need finding, problem definition, brainstorming, prototyping, and user testing.
The course consists of hands-on labs, guest speakers, and a guided design process.
- To develop prototype solutions to heretofore intractable challenges in education.
- To practice design thinking in a real-world context.
- To learn the tenets of human-centered design.
- To learn how to create hands-on prototypes.
- To develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- To recognize the potential impact of creative thinking, design thinking and innovation in the world.
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