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Get Creative with People to Solve Problems

Have you ever had a digital problem that you didn't know how to solve? Get acquainted with the principle of human-centred design.

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Get Creative with People to Solve Problems
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • Digital upgradeFree

Find effective resolutions to digital problems using design thinking

Human-centred design is a creative approach to problem solving. It focuses on understanding the needs of the people who have a problem in order to design appropriate solutions.

On this course you’ll learn about the five-stage process and have the opportunity to take part in practical activities to try each stage of the process.

You’ll learn why this method of thinking is effective, how to use it, and which jobs use the process.

You’ll also become familiar with how to collect the right information and data to prove a solution can work in the real world.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Ryzard Akita: How are the products we use every day created and designed? Ever wondered what goes into making them? Human-centered design is being used by companies, startups, and governments all over the world to solve the problems we face through design. By using creative and innovative designs, this approach puts humans at the heart of the design process. Get Creative with People to Solve Problems demonstrates how putting people first in design gets results. This course is part of a program of three courses in the solving problems with technology strand from FutureLearn, the Institute of Coding, and the University of Leeds. Join experts in the field of design to discover how to design great products for and with real people.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds And how to develop your own design thinking mindset. Experiment with skills like empathy, brainstorming, and making prototypes. See how something as simple as asking the right questions can make your product stand out. This course is part of our suite of professional and digital skill courses from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding. Covering topics from coding to social media marketing. All available for free to help you build your career today. Whether you’re new to the line of work or forging a new career for yourself, we look forward to sharing your journey into the fast-moving digital space. Join us online.

What topics will you cover?

  • Gain a practical insight into human-centred design (an iterative design process in which designers focus on the users and their needs in each phase of the design process)
  • Explore the use of design thinking methods
  • Hear from others about how they use human-centred design
  • Experiment with design thinking through a series of simple activities

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the kinds of problem that can be solved with human-centred design
  • Summarise the activities needed to run a successful human-centred design project
  • Develop a human-centred design mindset to approach a problem
  • Apply the Design Thinking process to a real-world problem
  • Investigate how making and testing rough prototypes helps improvement
  • Collect information and data that help prove a solution will work in the real world

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who have digital skills but would like to build confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.

This may include those studying for A-levels, those who have a degree, or those who want to improve their career prospects.

The course will also be useful for anyone in employment who wants to boost their digital skills or anyone returning to the workplace who’d like to gain confidence in how working practices have evolved.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Digital Skills for the Workplace collection from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

I’m a creative digital producer and product manager, and helped establish the National Film and Television School’s first digital producing course. I have a secret double life as an artist.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.

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