Courses

Overview of Courses Offered by the dLab

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.

Course Goals:

  • 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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