Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. The tool can be used in many different situations - such as projects and challenges, and everyone involved is a learner.
Design Thinking for Educators is… A creative process that helps you design meaningful solutions in the classroom, at your school, and in your community. Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge.
Introduction from: Design Thinking for Educators
Design Thinking is a design methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It’s extremely useful in tackling complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown, by understanding the human needs involved, by re-framing the problem in human-centric ways, by creating many ideas in brainstorming sessions, and by adopting a hands-on approach in prototyping and testing.
Design thinking processes combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality in analysing and fitting various solutions to the problem context. They can be powerful ways of creating new possibilities in education. It is one thing to have new ideas, but implementing them, growing new organisational cultures and system conditions to support them requires careful work and considerable amounts of energy. With design thinking, it is important that ideas are rigorously tested and challenged at every stage of development to ensure that energy is well spent.
Design Thinking is a tool that can be used in a variety of contexts - projects, challenges, entrepreneurial ventures, etc. It places all participants as learners. It will be relevant to some learning experiences and not others.
Learners within Learnlife methodologies will experience design thinking as a strategy to develop their ideas or create learning experiences. Design thinking can be both a skill used in specific contexts, or the framework for a wider learning experience itself.
Design thinking is one of the 25 learning methodologies in the Learnlife learning paradigm toolkit. Learn more about the different ways to engage learners through the different learning methodologies.