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7 Things You Should Know About Design Thinking

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Abstract

Design thinking is a structured approach for human-centered, creative problem solving that follows an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach where disparate perspectives are encouraged. The intent of design thinking is for participants to learn their way into a solution by understanding the needs of those who will ultimately use the solution being designed, brainstorming and prototyping ideas, and revising until a final product or model is established. Design thinking addresses challenges with a thoroughly evaluative approach, reducing the fear of failure. In educational settings, students are challenged to embrace rapid prototyping, present multiple ideas, and test each one.

The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.

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