Everything you need to know about Design Thinking

(to get the most from The Big Idea) In April we are running an exciting design jam for learning professionals call The Big Idea.  If you’ve seen the schedule you already know that the jam will be based on ‘Design Thinking’.  In this post I’m going to give you a brief introduction to Design Thinking so you know what to expect from The Big Idea.  Don’t worry you don’t need to be an expert! Background Before we look at the definition and uses of Design Thinking you will find it useful to take a look at this trailer to a documentary on Design Thinking.  In 2.5 minutes it introduces some of the key thinkers while providing a pretty balanced view. Definition As usual, Wikipedia provides a useful definition of Design Thinking: “the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solutions to the context.” You can see why it fits well with instructional design, where the learner sits at the heart (our context of a problem) and we use creativity to design relevant solutions. Opinions vary on the origins of Design Thinking but the term was popularised by Rolf Faste while he was at Stanford University.  Faste’s work has been expanded and now plays a prominent role in Stanford’s Design School (known as d.school)....

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