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The Design Thinking Toolbox Outline and expectations

Introducing the course the Design Thinking Toolbox. Aidan outlines the expectations to the learner and the fun we will have on the way.
Design Thinking Approach

Welcome to the course.

It is really exciting to have you here as part of another Design Thinking course offered by us at Design Factory New Zealand, WINTEC, New Zealand.

This course is designed to help you start your Design Thinking toolbox. It is created for those that may be just starting out on their design thinking journey, or by those that want a bit of a refresher. If you are unfamiliar with Design Thinking then I do recommend that you check out the Design Thinking for Sustainability course first to get a bit more depth regarding the process. This course won’t delve into process, rather it concentrates on mindsets and tools.

We’ll have many tools that we will investigate throughout the 3 weeks. Ultimately we want you to learn about the tool, and reflect on how you may use it in different situations. We will also introduce mindsets, or attitudes, that are really important to be mindful of in each Design Thinking stage.

There are many Design Thinking processes, and we will concentrate on the Stanford d.school process, Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test.

The learning outcomes of the course are:

  • Recognise and apply Design Thinking tools
  • Understand the appropriateness of a tool for a Design Thinking stage
  • Understand the 5 stages of the Design Thinking Process

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is broken up into 3 weeks with 4 hours of activity a week. This learning will be broken up into short snippets of information in the form of a video or article, and then an activity to carry out.

Week 1: The Design Thinking Process, Empathy Mindsets and Tools

Week 2: Define and Ideate Mindsets and Tools

Week 3: Prototype and User Testing Mindsets and Tools, Reflection

As you move through the course please do take part in the activities. These will help you reinforce your learning, and help you become familiar with the tools. Once you are familiar, you can then move into the next stages of applying, and adapting the tools confidently.

I hope you have fun exploring with me.

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