Free Online Course on Design Thinking for Leading and Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Learning Platform: edX
  Start Date: 26th April 2018   Intermediate

Course Description: 

The course is organized into three sections that combine design thinking content with real-world education examples, as well as opportunities for learners to apply concepts in their own setting.

Unit 1: Meet Design Thinking. An introduction to design thinking through the perspective of designers at MIT. For the first assignment, learners will take on the role of a designer and complete a small design project. This unit serves as a foundation for upcoming work in Units 2 and 3.
Unit 2: Design Thinking for Students. Examples of how and why PK-12 educators use the design thinking process to enhance student learning in their classrooms. Learners will develop a hands-on design challenge to experiment with the process in their own classrooms or workplaces
Unit 3: Design Thinking for Schools. Examples of how and why PK-12 institutions and their partners use design thinking to address systemic change. Learners will develop an action plan to experiment using the design process to address problems in their own school communities.

What will you learn in this course?

In this course you will learn:
Process of design thinking
Why the design thinking process is helpful for 21st century learners and schools
How design thinking is applied in a variety of educational settings
Ways to apply design thinking as a strategy for improving schools and systems

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone within the learning community looking to gain new knowledge and skills on the best way(s) to prepare K-12 students for life in the real world

Who are the instructors?

Elizabeth Huttner-Loan
Digital Learning Lab Fellow, Comparative Media Studies / Writing

Justin Reich
Assistant Professor, Comparative Media Studies

Alyssa Napier
Course Developer

Subject Area:


Cost of course:

FREE. You can add an approved certificate for $ 49 USD

Course Duration:

6 weeks, 4-6 hours per week


English, Subtitles: English

How to enrol:

Click here to enroll


Design Thinking for Leading and Learning

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