Course Description

Design thinking is one of the most valued processes for innovation in many companies today.  And for our schools and students, the design/build process is an incredible addition to the classroom -- one that is inherently student-centered, therapeutic, collaborative, creative, and focused on problem solving.  It teaches 21st century skills, and can incorporate lessons in research, technology, science, math, art, history, and language.  Class participants will gain an overview of the design thinking process as they apply the design thinking framework to their own curriculum in any subject, or to any school- or system-wide challenge – with great results.

Course Outline

Week 1: What is Design Thinking?

Week 2: Start Where You are, And Ask a Lot of Questions

Week 3: Discovery: Reimagining Research

Week 4: Narrowing Your Question and Designing Fieldwork

Week 5: Insight

Week 6: Creation

Week 7: Prototype

Week 8: Get Feedback

Week 9: Evolution

Week 10: Final Projects

Week 11: Reflection


Learner Outcomes

In this course participants will:

  • Gain an overview of the design thinking process, how it used to innovate, and how educators are using it the classroom to teach 21st century skills and to create personalized and student-centered learning that is inclusive and teaches to all learning styles
  • Learn to use design thinking as a process for tackling challenges in the classroom, and in schools and school systems in general, in order to have a beneficial impact on learning, to influence policy and to provide leadership
  • Learn to apply design thinking to current curriculum or policy in order to increase engagement, creativity, innovation, accessibility, retention, and academic success
  • Create a usable product or process for use in curriculum, classrooms, and/or schools.

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Section Title
Design Thinking in the Classroom
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (5 units) $525.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Archetype Learning

Course Completion time: 11 weeks from date of enrollment. This course requires three phone or video chats.

Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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