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Learning by Design Course


What experts say about Design Thinking:

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. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.

Design thinking is a great tool for teaching 21st century skills, as participants must solve problems by finding and sorting through information, collaborating with others, and iterating their solutions based on real world, authentic experience and feedback.

“Design is the ability to move from the existing to the preferred. The future is a design problem.”

John Kao


If Design Thinking is fundamental to creating better futures, what is it and how do we help our students learn how to do it? This course will help you explore these questions in a range of practical ways.


Lesson 1 Why Design?
In this lesson, we will explore the concept of design in relation to current curriculum trends and look at where design fits in the lives of effective 21st century learners.
Lesson 2 What is Design Thinking?
In lesson two, we will unpack what design thinking is and look at the skills and processes underpinning Design and Technologies in the curriculum.
Lesson 3 Focus on Design Learning
In lesson three, we explore the first of two main approaches to teaching design thinking: focus on design thinking.
Lesson 4 Integrating Design Thinking
In Lesson 4 we explore the second approach to teaching design thinking: Integration of Design Thinking.

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