Design Thinking in Education to be offered in Fall 2012
The course, “Design Thinking in Education” (EDU 300-003) will be offered in Fall 2012 in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.
This course exposes students to many facets of design thinking and provides them with an interdisciplinary perspective about the role of design in addressing the world’s challenges. EDU 300 also raises awareness about the value and power of design thinking our culture.
EDU300, 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 clients in the education and social change space who offer real-life challenges for students to work on.
Students from several majors with different experiences will pool their disparate yet complementary knowledge and skill sets to work to iteratively design, prototype and field test solutions to a challenge posed by a client group.
Students will work in collaborative teams on semester-long projects in collaboration with client organizations, field liaisons, and a set of multidisciplinary 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 will consist 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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