We have an exciting opportunity from our corporate partner, Intuit. Intuit’s design thinking methodology, Design for Delight, launched their free level 1 course online! The course is asynchronous and will occur over 6-8 weeks with a total 8-hour time commitment. (The course runs 6-8 weeks. Week one is only for getting up to speed on the platform and content will be released on October 4th. We created a proposed schedule for participants with activities each week, but you could in all reality finish it all in a few days if you wanted. The buffer at the end is just to make sure you were able to complete your assignments.)
By the end of the course, you will gain the following skills:
- Identify the key concepts associated with design thinking
- Learn how to develop deep customer empathy and understand its importance
- Apply various brainstorming techniques to support ideation activities
- Evaluate different experiment types to test solutions
- Link different design thinking techniques to support creative problem solving
This course is free and open to all educators. This is specifically for educators, not students. Intuit will launch a student-focused level in November.
Why is it important: Design thinking has become a powerful business language used by many of the world’s most admired companies. It promotes complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and other skills highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s Future Jobs Report. It’s why Coursera lists design thinking as the most in-demand business skill for 2020.
Why for the classroom: Design for Delight (webpage here) can be used in any classroom from kindergarten through post-secondary. Teachers most interested in it generally teach subjects such as business, entrepreneurship, project-based learning, and computer science, as well as after-school programs.
How does it work: Get deep insights into design thinking from Diego Rodriguez, Intuit’s chief product and design officer, including the value of “building to think,” how design thinking benefits the world, and why you should immerse yourself in the design-thinking process. Watch our video here: