Designing a Course for Design Thinkers: Best Practices Online Coursework to Promote Creative Problem Solving

ID: 50974 Type: Best Practices
  1. Danah Henriksen, Arizona State University, United States
  2. Carmen Richardson, Michigan State University, United States

Tuesday, March 7 2:05-2:25 PM Location: Capitol B View on map

Presider: Brian Arnold, Michigan State University, United States

Abstract: This best practices presentation will describe the design and enactment of a highly-rated online graduate course about design thinking for creative problem solving in teaching. Recently, the field of education has heard the term “design thinking” with regard to uses of design concepts in teaching and learning (Norton & Hathaway, 2015). Scholars and practitioners have suggested that teaching should be informed by “designerly ways of knowing” (Cross, 2001). But design work is often open-ended, iterative and creative, making it difficult to enact within the boundaries of the often asynchronous, linear-structure of online learning. Yet as online courses become more prevalent, we must consider ways to translate such design thinking/teaching content into online learning settings. In this best practice example, we present a case of a highly-rated online graduate course on design thinking for teaching. We share course design, coursework, and examples that consider design thinking online.

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